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Johnstown Flood Museum
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Johnstown
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Charleston, South Carolina
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87 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2008

Originally from Johstown I have had more than 1 visit to the Flood Museum. It is a great place to learn about history! YOu really need to do both the Museum and the Memorial for the full experience. The flood museum focuses a bit more on the reconstruction of Johstown after the flood. The movie has won awards, and is excellent. The workers at the Museum are extremely knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information. If you love history, and want to learn about 1 of the biggest floods - that could have been prevented - check out teh Flood Museum!

Thank EricaWV
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Lookout Mountain, Georgia
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Johnstown Flood Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2008

Go if you have time. We enjoyed the Natl. Park visitor center and a walk outside that explained the events first. With an 8 year old, the Jr. Ranger program added to his learning experience. The movie at the Natl. Park was too intense for him, to say the least. They have a sign on the door "Parental Guidance Advised," so we were not caught by surprise.

But the movie at the museum, located in downtown Johnstown, was great for all of us.

I would say that the museum would be a great place if you have time after the Natl. Park or if you need something to do indoors on a cold or rainy day.

1 Thank JanetonLookout
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Central Pennsylvania
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90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Excellent for Johnstown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2008

This was a great way for us to spend a cold wintry day. The same creators of the Holocaust Memorial created this display. We had a very attentive and informative guide who walked us through the events of that fateful day and led us up to the movie that gave perspective of that time period and devastation. The most fascinating features were the artifacts that were given to the museum from families who experienced the effects of the flood first hand. The admission fee also covers the Heritage Museum and between the two, it is definitely worth it.

1 Thank jbzfarm
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Beaverton, Oregon
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77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“2nd best place to learn about the flood”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2007

I took a trip to Johnstown specifically to learn about the flood as it was such a monumental event in the nineteenth century.

My first stop was to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, the site of the dam which broke. This was a great little place and perhaps skewed my opinion of the museum.

The museum itself is really only one main room on the first floor. In it, there is a large scale model that shows the path of the flood with lights. This is great in terms of understanding how everything happened. There are also many pictures of the devestation, a bottle of flood water, and many other artifacts. The simple fact of the matter is it is only the one large room, though.

Exhibits on the recovery effort are in the adjoining Oklahoma house (a real house built for the survivors), but this was closed when we visited.

The second floor had only the video and a research library. The video (a Guggenheim) was good, but was not as moving as the video presented at the National memorial. It is still far superior than the Richard Dreyfuss PBS documentary, though.

I'm not sorry I went and would recommend others interested in the flood stop by, but if you have to pick one site, go for the National memorial.

3 Thank mafisc
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Fruita, Colorado
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223 reviews
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“Well worth the time & money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2006

Your ticket to this museum also buys your entrance into two more - the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden, & the Heritage Discovery Center. Each of these 3 has their strengths. The flood museum is subdued, no gruesome photos there but a real understanding of the destruction. The Wagner-Ritter House was somewhat of a disappointment since it was just some rooms in a small house & a very tiny garden. The gem of the three is the Heritage Discovery Center. Very interactive, very interesting. You became involved in the lives of immigrants & really learned a lot about their struggles and joys. If you only have time for one, do the the Discoery Center.

3 Thank SusieLou
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