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Johnstown Flood Museum

304 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Johnstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

So glad I went! I was the only one there so I got a private tour with so much extra info from the person who was working that day. Don't miss the movie on the second floor. Spend the time to read all of the exhibits. I learned so much more about this terrible event in our history.

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Warren, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Glad I took the time to stop here. Learned Alot of history about the great flood and the town. Well worth the seeing.

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Narvon Pa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

11-1-14 I had read much about the Johnstown flood and so I had an understanding of the flood and the dynamics which caused the great disaster. The 25 min film gave a more personal understanding of the people and the personal loss. The mock up of the flood plain was good as it showed how the water approached the town.... More

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Johnstown, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

For all visitors, business travelers, meeting attendees, etc. , no trip to this area is complete without a visit to the Johnstown Flood Museum. Originally, the building was built by Andrew Carnegie, and has undergone many , many updates, With 1889, 1936, and 1977, the people in this town are more than familiar with disaster. The tour guides do an... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This building began life as a library and now houses the Johnstown Flood Museum. Be sure to see the excellent movie narrated by Len Cariou. It is different from the movie at the Memorial site, less dark, but equally informative. We had about 25 minutes until the movie started when we got there, which gave us plenty of time to... More

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Terra Alta, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We have taken friends to the Johnstown tour on several occasions. The museum displays are about the same as always, but the digitized movie is much better than it was.

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San Antonio, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Be sure and arrive in time to see the excellent film which we felt provided a more comprehensive story of the flood and how the city recovered than did the film at the National Park. The exhibits are fairly static but informative. It appears this museum does not have a lot of funding but is supported by an enthusiastic group... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Unfortunately, the museum was closed on our first swing through Johnstown. Fortunately, we came back through on our trip home. Combine this museum with the National Park site and you will get a very good history of the Johnstown flood disaster in 1889.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a worthwhile stop because the bldg was once the public library financed by Andrew Carnegie. They focus on the cultural and post-flood perspectives whereas the NPS center is cheaper but lasers in on only the actual flood. We got the combo ticket for the heritage center which spoke to the immigrants of the time. Depending on how much... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The movie this museum presents is very vivid, it allows you to ask yourself what you would have done--and also how ineptitude/greed does indeed destroy lives. Start with it first, then view the relics. Perhaps the baby shoes found after the fact will eat at your heart. For me, it was the bottle of actual flood water still intact, mud... More

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