“Vanka's deep appreciation of the suffering of so many human lives on earth makes a visit a profound and unique experience.” — Mark Rylance, actor & writer


Take a Tour

A 60-minute docent-guided tour of the murals is a fascinating glimpse into Vanka’s art and the experiences that shaped his ideas. Docents discuss Vanka’s early life, his success in Europe and his life in America.

Please note: St. Nicholas is not open to the public on a daily basis. Mural viewing is limited to Saturday tours and private tours by appointment which are subject to the conditions listed below.

Saturday Tours:  11:00am and 12:30pm. Tours may be cancelled or postponed due to Church activities. Pre-register below to ensure notification of schedule changes. You may also pre-pay the $10 per person admission donation in advance by clicking the “Donate Now” button below.

Private Tours:  SPMMMV will accommodate requests for private tours at other times. There must be a minimum of 8 people to confirm a reservation on the preferred time and date. Private tour requests for less than 8 people will be accommodated as soon as possible in combination with other groups.

Please note that the Weekend Mass schedule at St. Nicholas is 6:00pm on Saturday and Noon on Sunday. We strongly recommend that you contact us at least one week in advance for private tours to allow for scheduling and staffing. Request a Tour below.

Please complete your registration online. Questions or scheduling problems: or leave a message:  412-407-2570.

Admission: $10 donation per person. Tour donations and merchandise purchases support SPMMMV’s mission to conserve, light, educate and raise public awareness about Maxo Vanka’s Millvale Murals.

The church is located at 24 Maryland Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209, minutes from downtown, just off Route 28 at the Millvale exit.



SATURDAY TOURS Register here.

Help us prepare for your arrival and support our efforts to demonstrate the growing audience for the murals to potential funders.

Advanced registration also guarantees advance notice of last minute delays or cancellations due to Church activities.

  • PRIVATE or GROUP TOUR Request Form

  • Tour arrangements must be confirmed by the Docent Manager. Please note that weekend masses at St. Nicholas Church are at 6:00pm on Saturday and Noon on Sunday. SPMMMV requests a private tour minimum of 8 guests or an $80 donation. If the requesting group is less than 8, SPMMMV may combine the visit with a previously scheduled tour.


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The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka
24 Maryland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209-2738

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