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Heritage Discovery Center

201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906
888-222-1889
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Ranked #4 of 9 Attractions in Johnstown
Type: Museums
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Pittsburgh, PA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Although as others have mentioned some of the exhibits don't work, and it's a museum that isn't very snazzy and modern, don't forgo this. Spend some time and actually read the commentaries--if you don't you're missing the point. This museum takes Eastern European immigrants from Ellis Island to being settled in Johnstown, primarily to staff the iron mills. The way... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

When you arrive, you are able to pick out a immigrant and are given a card. There are displays in the Museum where you place the card and you follow your immigrant. It was very interesting. They have a very interesting film on the iron ore industry. I wish we had had more time to visit the other floors (there... More

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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is about the migrant influx into the area from Europe in the early 1900's and about the development of the industries in Johnstown. A real eye-opener for us. Exhibits are largely inter-active and done very well - very professional and instructive. Gave us a much better and clearer view of what our ancestors endured when they migrated to the... More

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Baltimore Maryland
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a very good museum. There is a great moving on the making of steel and how Johnstown was the center of iron ore. I also enjoyed the Immigrant Experience, though some of the videos were not working. At the one display, the voices were talking over one another. Not sure if it was supposed to be this way... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I just love the coal exhibit. It is very hands on and the kids even get to wear hard hats. The garden display is pretty cool too. It is a great place to go and the exhibits change a little bit from time to time.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is not your usual museum with static artifacts and displays. Although there are exhibits, a connection is formed to actual individuals who lived, worked, worshipped and died here. They formed the community through their courage, hard work and beliefs. Although never leaving their roots they created a strong new community.

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Johnstown, PA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Great place to take kids or adults. A lot of great history of Johnstown and surrounding places. Would be a great place to take kids on a field trip. Nice gift shop that sells very unique gifts that have cultural significance.

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Marshall, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The main level had an interactive tour of how immigrants came and worked but the other levels were pretty empty with very little to look at. The gallery on the way in was my favorite part with some excellent photos of local steel mills. We had seen everything within an hour.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Several of the interactive displays were not working so it was a limited success. They have a great concept if you are interested in the history of Johnstown. But I believe that you have to be really interested in Johnstown to really enjoy this museum.

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Port St Lucie, FL
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66 reviews 66 reviews
63 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Really interesting place! You can get an "Immigrant ID card" upon entering, and can use it to activate little testimonials and vignettes as you tour thru the exhibits. This place does a really great job of telling the stories of immigrants in general to the Johnstown area, of the unique experience specific nationalities endured, and of the lives and communities... More

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