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“For a great understanding of the flood”

Johnstown Flood Museum
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Johnstown
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

The Johnstown Flood Museum is a great place to go if you want to see and almost experience the flood of 1889 which sadly claimed so many lives. The museum its self is located on the western side of the city in the old city library. The age of the building lends its self to the time of the flood. There is a fee to get in but it is well worth it. The photos and the short film really give you a feel for what happened that night. If you want to really get a feel for how the water rushed down the river to destroy the city, first see the model of the valley on display at the museum then afterward go to the Incline Plane which is a short drive from the museum and see the whole valley for yourself. The Johnstown Incline Plane bills itself as the worlds steepest incline plane. You can either ride by yourself or you can even take your car on it to the top. Once on top there is an observation platform. You can see the whole valley and can really imagine how the water came down on the city. In the summer there is a little ice cream stand there and if you like there is also a restaurant up there as well. To me a trip to the flood museum and the incline plane is a great way to spend an afternoon and experience the Johnstown Flood.

3  Thank JTOWN2014
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

The Johnstown Flood Museum is situated in a grand building in the downtown area and, whilst partly old-fashioned in feel, contains masses of truly remarkable displays and artefacts about the disastrous flood of 1889. The entrance fee is fair [$16 for a senior & student] and one needs to set aside quite a long time to see all the exhibits in detail. On the ground floor there is a 3D relief map in which sound and lights play the part of water rushing down the valley from the South Fork Dam and there is a remarkable archive of contemporary photos to chart the devastation of the flood. There are also many artefacts exhibited which were rescued but damaged and many sad references to the many dead including, poignantly, visitors from out of town who were staying in lodging houses and hotels and were never identified. Each floor is interesting in its own right but I was fascinated by the contemporary news reports and the later movies and cartoons which maintained interest in the disaster. There is also an excellent film [which deservedly won an Academy Award] that is shown every hour. Do not miss this. Outside the museum is an “Oklahoma” house which is an example of a prefabricated building of the period which only temporarily solved the subsequent housing crisis. There is even a running track in the building but I would have loved to have played the organ. I couldn’t find out if it still works… Anyone fortunate to make their way to Johnstown must surely visit this wonderful building.

3  Thank EximiousTraveller
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This should be your first place to visit when arriving at Johnstown as everything about the floodings is explained here. The main 1889 flood is featured in the excellent award winning short movie they show. They have a model of the valley so you can see how the water gushed down. There are many artifacts and photos of the damaged town. Very informative.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Start with the film and you will have a better understanding of the displays. The lighted diorama helps visualize the path of the flood.
Not much else to see other than these two items.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a nice display of the tragic event that occurred in johnstown. I would suggest you watch the film to get a good overview, then see the display. There is plenty of on street and off street parking, and the incline is just a block or two away. Together this is a great history lesson for the entire family.

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