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Address: 201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906
Phone Number: 888-222-1889
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This Should Be Your First Stop When Visiting Johnstown to Learn About the City

The Johnstown Heritage Center is a well-rounded museum that is just as interesting for adults as it is for children. There are 4 floors of exhibits, and one floor utilized for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Johnstown Heritage Center is a well-rounded museum that is just as interesting for adults as it is for children. There are 4 floors of exhibits, and one floor utilized for private functions, but is adorned with an antique bar removed from a local establishment post-flood. This self-guided museum really gets down to the basics of what Johnstown's history is... More 

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Reston, VA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This museum is about how and why eastern Europeans ended up in Johnstown. And about their day-to-day lives. I found it fascinating because many of them worked in the steel mill and the coal mines and one of my grandfathers worked in the steel mill in Cleveland and the other in the coal mines in southern Ohio. Interesting perspective on... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very impressive. Gives a wonderful overview of the beginnings of Johnstown. Give yourself plenty of time. You are "part of the history" as you assume the personality of a person long ago.

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Western Pennsylvania
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93 reviews 93 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Millions of public dollars were spent to turn a paper mill into a museum, with remarkable results. However, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association lacks the funds to maintain these facilities. When we took our grandchildren to visit a few weeks ago, about a third of the displays in the children's museum did not work properly. Their favorite feature was a... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
66 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
46 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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