The most prominent exhibit is about immigrants. It was interesting and I understand that the museum wanted to focus on a certain time period but it would have been more relatable for me at least if they had had a more varied group of immigrants. Unfortunatley the person I chose was a 9 year old girl who couldn't do very much and my friend chose a Jewish man who was turned away from most things because he was Jewish. I understand that is what really happened but for the purpose of showing what happened to immigrants we didn't learn much except that life sucked and we couldn't get a job. The interactive exhibits were a good concept though. You got an id card that you slid like a door key at certain points and people on screens would talk to you. There was an "Ellis Island" type who checked you in, a rich lady who helped you find your way, and an overseer who you were to ask for a job. I got varying degrees of "go away" everytime I tried to do something but as I said with a different card it might have been better.
The next floor had some exhibits on life in Johnstown and Johnstown facts but not a whole lot and the fifth floor had some things that were made in Johnstown, like radiator, ovens, pottery and benches.
The Children's museum would have been good for kids but since we are kids at heart we had to play a bit. I climbed through a fake coal mine to the top of the incline and took a super fast slide to the bottom. There was also a model of the incline that you could play with. I think there was a water exhibit about the flood but it was closed. There was also a rooftop Children's Garden with some local plants and a nice view of the city.
The Steel Gallery had a movie about the steel industry in Johnstown which was interesting and also some very nice pictures of the old steel mills.
It was a good museum but it seemed to me that it could have been better. The second and fifth floor could have been combined with room to spare and the immigrant experience would have been better if our immigrants had been more interesting.
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