Hours/Directions

Notice

The Nationalty Rooms will not be decorated for the 2021 Holiday Season given that tours will end on December 15 and will not reopen again until mid-January. The Holiday Open House will take place online from December 5th through the 12th. Please look under the Events menu to view the calendar of events for the week.

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.