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Heritage Discovery Center

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Address: 201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906
Phone Number: 888-222-1889
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This site is a must see when you are in Johnstown. You are given an identity of a real person who lived here, and you become that person. Just swipe your ID card at various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Philly
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This site is a must see when you are in Johnstown. You are given an identity of a real person who lived here, and you become that person. Just swipe your ID card at various locations throughout the center, and you will learn how you would have been treated as a new immigrant to the city. You learn that your... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Wonderful museum about the immigrant experience. The exhibits are interactive and give you a real feel of what it was like to come to this country and start from scratch battling the prejudice, hard work, and poverty they experienced. Definitely go here and see how your ancestors lived and made this country what it is today.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This was the third time for me to bring visiting friends and relatives to the Center. Still found plenty to explore. It's innovative in it's presentations of the multiple facets of the different cultures that came to this city to materialize the American dream. Educational and fun!

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Markleysburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My children are 7 & 12 and they had a great time at the Discovery Center today. We had visited the Flood Museum that same morning and they gained knowlwdge of the flood tragedy and the Discovery Center helped bring events of this as well as the history of the Johnstown area and immigration to life. There was a great... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The Heritage Discovery Center opened my eyes to the historical significance of this, once, small, beaver trapping camp, snuggled in the Conemaugh Valley. I grew up in Johnstown and thought I knew everything about it. I was dead wrong. I knew about the steel factories lining the valley from the time I could ride a tricycle but I did not... More 

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Ebensburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We got a free pass to come to the Heritage Center after visiting the Flood Museum. The 5th floor is designed for young children, so we spent all of our time there as there was only an hour left before close. Our boys loved all of the interactive displays. I wish we had more time to spend here, because they... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

I have two boys 8 & 10 and they LOVED this place! They really enjoyed the children's museum the most where they got to build their own dam and be coal miners. I greatly enjoyed learning about all the different ethnic groups that settled in the area. The boys liked the interactive exhibits but had a hard time keeping interested... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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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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