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Heritage Discovery Center

201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906
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Ranked #4 of 8 attractions in Johnstown
Type: Museums
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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews 71 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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25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is an interesting look at Industrial history and the ethnicities that built America. The exhibits are a little worn but remarkable for all ages. The steel making exhibit is great and the children's museum, shop and ice cream store are very fun. There are often special exhibits upstairs. You could spend an entire day here. Worth the admission price.... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The exhibit on immigration was very moving. It shows living conditions, working opportunities, transportation, clothing styles of the late 1800's. You hear actual voices talking in first person. Very interesting. Also a nice play/inter- acting area for children . A play area, a general store, a coal mine, a game area,a kitchen area with tables and plastic food, etc. Our... More

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