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Heritage Discovery Center

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Address: 201 6th Ave, Johnstown, PA 15906-2500
Phone Number: 888-222-1889

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Nice museum tells the stories of the immigrants

My husband and I were the only ones in this museum on a Sunday (opened at noon). We were surprised. But that meant we didn't have to look over shoulders to see the exhibits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Milford, Delaware
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's an interactive museum of displays about people immigrating to Johnstown. You get a card with an immigrant's name and use it to interact with the displays. It does give you a good idea of how immigrants felt. It is interesting, however some of the phones that explain the displays don't work. It gives good information about how Johnstown was... More 

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Milford, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were the only ones in this museum on a Sunday (opened at noon). We were surprised. But that meant we didn't have to look over shoulders to see the exhibits. Nicely done with some interactive stops. You get the identity of an immigrant as that person is looking for work or adjusting to life in the... More 

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Vernon, Connecticut
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought this museum was very interesting, though it got to be long. Lots of interesting interactive exhibits, we ran out of time and energy to do them all, but definitely worth seeing!

Thank Mich S
Scranton Pa
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

This is an excellent museum for anyone interested in American immigrant history. You get a scanable card with a picture of an immigrant. You can choose one from your background, or any background you want. You can take as many as you want. You then virtually experience the persons life step by step from Ellis Island, till finding a job... More 

Thank dovidk
Arlington, Virginia
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

The ethnic heritage part of this museum covers the central/eastern European immigrants' experiences thoroughly but only briefly mentions the African-Americans who came because of the Underground Railroad, and Mexican immigrants. The neighborhood surrounding the museum has churches and social clubs still used by the European immigrants' descendants. The movie about steelmaking is worth seeing, as are the artifacts on display... More 

Thank onecity62
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Not much to get excited about. Some of the "exhibits" appeared outdated. There weren't many people there. It seemed empty. Young children might enjoy it, but anyone 10 or over will be bored pretty quickly.

Thank michaelz_21
Walled Lake, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

When visiting our son and future daughter-in-law, she suggested we go there. It was very interesting. We were able to interact with different characters through the museum.

Thank Dawn M
Seal Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Here you will discover a bit about the immigrant (read Eastern Europe and Italy) experience in coming to America. You take on the persona of an individual and enter your card into various stations to see what becomes of you. The problem is that some of the exhibits are not maintained as well as they should be and thus the... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Great representation of what immigrants went through to get to Johnstown and to live there. Interesting way to present the info.

Thank RandyOK
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

The museum is very interesting, and the Children's museum is great for younger kids. We spent several hours there and my niece loved it! The admission is very reasonable, and there's ample parking.

Thank Kim D

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