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Tour Information

Know Before You Go
  • Masks are not required at this time, but the Vanka Murals strongly encourages visitors to join its staff and volunteers in being fully vaccinated prior to visiting.
  • Advance Reservations are strongly encouraged. If you are unable to use our online registration system below, please email tours@vankamurals.org to make your reservations. Please note: If there are no advance reservations for either tour (11am & 12:30pm) we may cancel those tours for drop-in visits.
  • St. Nicholas is an active church. SPMMMV provides public access through our tour program on Saturdays. These hours may be delayed or cancelled due to church activities. Please check our website or Facebook for any cancellation notices, and mural viewing is not possible during regularly schedule weekly mass services.
  • Online payment for admission ($15 per person), merchandise, and/or donations is preferred, but checks payable to SPMMMV and cash are accepted onsite and via mail: SPMMMV, 24 Maryland Ave, Millvale, PA  15209.
  • Please try to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour and enter via the ramp on the south side of the Church.
  • We can’t wait to see you! Our thanks in advance for your support and patience as we work to maintain the the health and safety of our visitors and volunteers.
  • Questions? Contact us at tours@vankamurals.org
Getting here

St. Nicholas is located at 24 Maryland Ave, Millvale, PA 15209

Driving & Parking: Follow the directions via Google Maps.

Tour participants can park in the St. Nicholas Convent parking lot, located across the street from the church.

Walking: A sidewalk with curb cuts runs up Maryland Ave to the church. The accessible building entrance is located on the Rectory (south) side of the church. If walking from Lawrenceville, the church can be reached via a short, picturesque walk across the 40th Street Bridge or the Millvale Riverfront Trail.

Bus: Two bus lines run right off of Maryland Ave. The 2 Bus Line runs along Grant Ave between Downtown and the North Hills, and the 1 Bus Line runs along East Ohio St between Downtown and Tarentum. You can plan your trip at the Port Authority website.

Bicycle: Millvale is served by a bike trail along the Millvale Riverfront Trail from Downtown. In addition, there are bike lanes connecting the 40th Street Bridge to Maryland Ave. The nearest Healthy Ride bikeshare station is located across the 40th Street Bridge at Butler St. & 42nd St. in Lawrenceville. Find stations and information at the Healthy Ride website.

Accessibility

SPMMMV welcomes all visitors and strives to provide the best possible experience for everyone.

Accessible parking spaces are clearly marked and available in the church-side parking area with direct access to the accessibility ramp entrance on the east side of St. Nicholas between the Church and the Rectory. The ramp location is clearly indicated on the Church building.

Please note that the restrooms are only accessible via stairs, so there is no accessible restroom at the church.

If you have questions about accessibility that are not addressed below, please contact us at 412-408-3180 or by email at info@vankamurals.org

Private Tours

Private tours are available by request with advanced notice and based on availability. Please visit our Private Tours page to submit a request.

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School Tours & Education

Maxo Vanka’s murals provide a great platform for learning for all ages. Contact us about lessons in the immigrant experience, social justice, art and more. You can also submit a request for a school field trip on our School Tours page, and check out our classroom and at-home educational resources.

Gift Cards

Give the gift of a Vanka Murals Tour! Electronic gift cards can be purchased and shared instantly for any future public tour, or they can be used for a private tour.

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Tour the Vanka Murals

Saturdays, 11am & 12:30pm
Maxo Mondays, 4th Mondays, Jun–Nov, 6pm
Admission: $15 per person

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring murals of Croatian artist Maxo Vanka on a guided tour at the historic St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale. Discover how these striking works were painted by Vanka in 1937 and 1941 to reflect the culture and lives of the working-class immigrant congregation. While on the tour, you’ll see conservation in action as you learn about the stories behind the murals and their timeless messages. 

Following your tour, visitors are welcome to purchase postcards, stickers, t-shirts, and other gift items to share with family and friends.

Thanks for supporting the murals.

Tour admission fees are essential to our efforts to ensure public access to the murals. All proceeds from public tours and sales of gift items support the ongoing conservation and education efforts of the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka.

Private tours are available by request with advanced notice and based on availability. Please visit our Private Tours page to submit a request.

Questions? tours@vankamurals.org

Frequently asked questions

When can the murals be viewed by the public?

Public tours, led by docents, are held on Saturdays at 11:00 am and 12:30pm. Private tours at other times are by appointment only. A minimum of eight people or a donation of $120 is required. Due to church schedule, private tours are not available after 3:00 pm on Saturday or before 12:30 pm on Wednesday.

For advance reservation (including pre-payment of admission fee) and private tour requests email us at tours@vankamurals.org.

What about mural viewing during church?

Please remember that St. Nicholas is an active parish. Mural viewing is NOT allowed during regularly scheduled Mass, 5:00 pm Saturday and 8:00 am Wednesday, or during other church-related activities.

When should we arrive?

Please try to arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of the tour start time. If you arrive late, you may join a tour in progress or wait for the next one. The $10 admission is still required.

Who leads the tours?

Trained volunteers serve as docents. We recruit volunteers with diverse experiences, expertise and interests. A passion for the Vanka Murals and desire to tell their story is the primary qualification.

How long is the tour?

Tours are approximately 60 minutes. Docents are happy to answer questions during and after the tour.

What’s the cost of a tour?

Tours are $15 per person. Admission fees and merchandise help to conserve and light the murals. They are also essential to our mission to provide access to the murals for the general public. Donations are fully tax deductible. If a donation receipt is desired, we recommend that you make an online donation or pay by a check payable to: SPMMMV.

Is there on-site parking?

Yes. Please follow directional signage upon arrival. Parking is available in the convent parking lot across from the church on Maryland Avenue and around the church. If your group is arriving by tour bus, email us for instructions: tours@vankamurals.org.

Please note: Exit from Church-side parking lot is behind the Rectory building with right turn up Maryland Avenue and left turn left on Logan Street or down to Sheridan Avenue.

Caution: The traffic coming down Logan Street (to the right next to the entrance to the church) does not stop and may be making a sharp left onto Maryland.

Other Parking:  

  • Sprinkler Fitters Lot (behind their building). (Accessible from Maryland, Sheridan Street off Grant OR Sheridan Street off Stanton)
  • Handicap Parking: next to the School. The ramp to the Sanctuary is on the Rectory side of the Church. Spaces are limited. Please let us know in advance if you’ll be needing a space so we can make arrangements if necessary.
  • Street Parking in Millvale if lots are full.
May we photograph/video the murals?

Flash photography is not permitted. However, photography for personal use is allowed. Any other photography must be approved by SPMMMV. For more information, please contact Anna Doering, Managing Director, at: adoering@vankamurals.org or leave a message: 412.408.3180.

We request that any posts to publicly accessible websites or blogs include a link back to our website – www.vankamurals.org – to assist us in our ongoing efforts to raise awareness and support for the murals. And if you are sharing to social media, please include hashtag #SaveMaxoVanka. We also welcome submissions for inclusion on our website at: info@vankamurals.org.

Is the tour suitable for children?

The tour is recommended for children who are capable of paying quiet attention to a presentation of up to one hour and can appreciate the solemnity of their setting. Ask your docent or greeter for children’s activities for use during the tour including noticing cards, scavenger hunts and other educational resources. Additionally, visit our tours page to learn more about school visits and field trips.

More questions? tours@vankamurals.org

Shrines of Pittsburgh

Shrines of Pittsburgh

In 2019, St. Nicholas was named as one of the Shrines of Pittsburgh.

The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka is an independent and registered 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions are fully tax deductible.
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