We relize that some people may bring a guest with them that will not be attending the conference. Pittsburgh provides bustling metropolitan activity, but without the big city hassles. The city's neighborhoods provide affordable housing with minimal commuting time. An excellent public transit system makes getting around easy. More information on the city can be found at www.pitt.edu/pittsburgh.
One of the many activities to do is visit the museums in the area. The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are just steps from Pitt's campus, as is Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. Across the river, you'll find the interactive exhibits of the Carnegie Science Center and Highmark SportsWorks, the pop art explosion of The Andy Warhol Museum, and the installation art of the Mattress Factory. Animal lovers can delight in the National Aviary or Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, while history buffs can visit Pittsburgh's past at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Museum.
Finally no visit to the university campus would be complete without a tur of the University Nationality Rooms. The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments. Tours are conducted year round. The public is invited to experience their ethnic identity and ancestral roots. The rooms are also in use as University classrooms.
You can also enjoy a lunch or dinner at one of the many fine restaurants within walking distance of the university. Use this map for a list of local restaurants, or just go explore on your own.
On Thursday night the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball team will be hosting the Marlins. If you are interested in attending the game, we can help you get tickets, just email the conference committee. The ticket price ranges from $15.00 - $50.00.
For information on the ball park click the photo.