After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented historyprimarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with todays Groupon: for $5, you get a family pass to a taped audio tour of the Cathedral of Learning's Nationality Rooms (up to a $10 value). The family pass may be used for two adults and up to four children. Tours are scheduled seven days per week throughout the summer, and on weekends during the school year.
The Nationality Rooms in Pittsburgh's historic Cathedral of Learning celebrate the city's rich ethnic background with guided tours through nearly 30 spaces adorned with authentic Middle Eastern, European, African, Asian, and American architecture and artistry. Audiotape tours entertain infophiles of all ages with a convenient hand-held audio device in addition to comprehensive written descriptions in each nationality room. The mini museums moonlight as University of Pittsburgh classrooms with functional furnishings such as an Africaninspired lectern and stools, and bamboo ceilings above plank wooden floors in the Japanese room. The Greek room boasts marble columns emulating the design of the ancient Greek Acropolis, and the Early American room portrays the hearth-centered life of colonial New England through butter-churning demos performed by Larry Bird.
Funded by individual contributions from local men, women, and schoolchildren, the Cathedral of Learning stands as a monument to Pittsburgh's historical and educational background. To continually support intercultural education, the Nationality Rooms Program has awarded hundreds of scholarships for students wishing to study abroad without the aid of teleportation.
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