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Johnstown Flood Museum

304 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Johnstown
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Look for my review of the Johnstown Incline Plane and some of the other historical sites in the Johnstown area. Follow the trail any time of year and know some history. There was a TV mini series...Men Who Built America. The Johnstown Flood of 1889 was in it. Worth investigating.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The Johnstown Flood Museum is a great place to go if you want to see and almost experience the flood of 1889 which sadly claimed so many lives. The museum its self is located on the western side of the city in the old city library. The age of the building lends its self to the time of the flood.... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The Johnstown Flood Museum is situated in a grand building in the downtown area and, whilst partly old-fashioned in feel, contains masses of truly remarkable displays and artefacts about the disastrous flood of 1889. The entrance fee is fair [$16 for a senior & student] and one needs to set aside quite a long time to see all the exhibits... More

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Marshall, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This should be your first place to visit when arriving at Johnstown as everything about the floodings is explained here. The main 1889 flood is featured in the excellent award winning short movie they show. They have a model of the valley so you can see how the water gushed down. There are many artifacts and photos of the damaged... More

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Start with the film and you will have a better understanding of the displays. The lighted diorama helps visualize the path of the flood. Not much else to see other than these two items.

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Gettysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a nice display of the tragic event that occurred in johnstown. I would suggest you watch the film to get a good overview, then see the display. There is plenty of on street and off street parking, and the incline is just a block or two away. Together this is a great history lesson for the entire family.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Nice displays in the museum and the film was very good. We took our trip on a Saturday and the part of town where the museum is was dead. We thought the museum was closed, but was full of life inside the building. Best place to park was right on the street.

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you're contemplating a visit to Johnstown to "do the flood," then I recommend you start up in South Fork at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial along US 219, THEN come down to this attraction. The museum has NO parking. However, we found a meter on a nearby street and fed it a bunch of quarters - so my recommendation... More

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Port St Lucie, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This museum tells the story of the 1889 Flood in great detail, including lots of personal testimonies, artifacts, photos, and a nice, clear analysis of why it happened in the first place. There's a good scale model on the first floor, and strolling docents can share stories. A surprising fact was the devastating fire that followed the flood, and the... More

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Elburn, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I had read a book about the flood here in 1889 so wanted to see where it happened. The museum was hard to find as the sign on it was small and it was in a congested section of the old downtown. A sign for the parking lot pointed to the right, which we thought meant we were supposed to... More

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