Hours/Directions

Notice

In-person tours of the Nationality Rooms are currently planned to resume on February 1, 2022.  Additional information and a registration form can be found under the Tours menu.  As the University of Pittsburgh continues to monitor the spread of the new COVID variant and its severity, the operational stance may change as necessary for the safety and health of the campus and community.  The date for the resumption of in-person tours may change.

Driving Directions

From Pittsburgh International Airport (From the West)

  • Take I-279 toward Pittsburgh. Pass through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, stay to the right, and bear right at the first ramp over the bridge onto I-376
  • Exit I-376 at the Oakland/Forbes Avenue Exit (2A)
  • Merge onto Forbes Avenue toward Oakland
  • Continue on Forbes Avenue and make a left onto Bigelow Boulevard.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike (From the East)

  • Take the Pittsburgh/Monroeville Exit (Exit 57). Follow I-376 toward Pittsburgh
  • Take the Oakland Exit (3B). Proceed up the hill through the first traffic light
  • Continue on Bates Street where you can reach Forbes Avenue by turning left on ANY of the following roads off of Bates: (in order of which you would drive by) McKee Place, Semple Street, Atwood Street, or S. Bouquet Street
  • Continue on road of your choice until you reach the intersection with Forbes Avenue
  • Continue on Forbes Avenue and make a left onto Bigelow Boulevard.

From the North

  • Take I-79 South to I-279 South to I-579 (Veterans Bridge – Exit 8A)
  • Follow Signs to Oakland/376 East onto the Boulevard of the Allies exit.
  • Follow the Boulevard of the Allies, staying in the left lane. After the Monroeville split, look for an immediate right onto the Forbes Avenue exit.
  • Continue on Forbes Avenue and make a left onto Bigelow Boulevard. 

From the South

  • Take I-79 North to I-279 North towards Pittsburgh
  • Pass through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, stay to the right, and bear right at the first ramp over the bridge onto I-376
  • Exit I-376 at the Oakland/Forbes Avenue Exit (2A)
  • Merge onto Forbes Avenue toward Oakland
  • Continue on Forbes Avenue and make a left onto Bigelow Boulevard. 

Parking

There is metered parking available on all four sides of the Cathedral of Learning. The nearest parking garage is the Soldiers and Sailors Garage, located at Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard.  Please note that there is no area for permanent bus parking, although large groups may disembark a bus on Bigelow Boulevard to enter the building.  Buses would need to secure parking elsewhere in Oakland.