Wednesday, October 7, 2009

University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms

Early American Classroom (supposedly haunted!) from the wiki page

Today my son had a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms. For those of you who don't know what they are, they are a series of rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt (the big tower you see in photos) that were donated by local ethnic groups. There are 27 rooms in all depicting many of the cultures that founded Pittsburgh. Here is the wiki link. I included the wiki because you can get a good overview without having to have adobe flash. If you'd like to see the University of Pittsburgh link, click here. Most of the rooms are actually used as classrooms for Pitt students. Lots of rooms have art and museum pieces. There are about 6 or so more rooms being planned.

I know I must have seen these rooms - at some point, every schoolchild in the Pittsburgh area does a field trip here (along with the zoo, Kennywood, the Carnegie Museum!!!). But for the life of me, I just can't remember it. I really think I'm going to do my own field trip in one of the next few weeks - it's only $3 admission for adults!

2 comments:

stregata said...

Cool classroom!!

SummersStudio said...

What an interesting trip to take and what a great way for children to learn to be culturally aware. It's also such a nice tribute to the different groups who have made Pittsburgh home.

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