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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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Palm Coast, Florida
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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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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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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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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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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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Western Pennsylvania
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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: 201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906
Phone Number: 888-222-1889
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Johnstown

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