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Address: 201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906
Phone Number: 888-222-1889
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This venue offers as extensive or as brief of an experience as you would like. The history buffs can immerse themselves in the character stories as assigned, or young children... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Kimmi2014
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the Children's Museum and many of the exhibits do not work. They have not updated anything from when we were there over 3 years ago. Staff was kind.

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Thank Mickellee3
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This venue offers as extensive or as brief of an experience as you would like. The history buffs can immerse themselves in the character stories as assigned, or young children can browse and see what catches their eye. Videos tell tales for those who do not enjoy reading or investigating on their own. This is an absolute MUST for any... More 

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Thank Kimmi2014
Bristol, UK
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I am originally from the area so wanted to make a point of visiting during a recent visit home. You would need more than one day to make the most of everything this museum has to offer. There were three adults and one toddler. We spent a good two hours going around the Immigrant's Journey floor which was a great,... More 

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Thank IntlDuo
San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Went here with my family and really liked the place. I brought my son and daughter who never lived in the area. It was a good learning experience for them to see and understand the area their father was from. We even found a picture with my Step Dads great grandfather who operated a local mortuary and was very busy... More 

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Thank JimmyJackk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

We thought the presentation of how the various immigrants impacted the Johnstown area was very interesting and well presented. The various interactive displays and the coverage of how immigrants were treated and eventually melted into the community through generations was something we had not seen in any other museum.

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1 Thank BernieandJune
Philly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Deek24
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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Thank marguerite14
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank John R
Markleysburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank jleasure22
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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