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“Probably good if you have a Johnstown connection”

Heritage Discovery Center
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Johnstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Probably good if you have a Johnstown connection”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Several of the interactive displays were not working so it was a limited success. They have a great concept if you are interested in the history of Johnstown. But I believe that you have to be really interested in Johnstown to really enjoy this museum.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Port St Lucie, FL
Level 6 Contributor
239 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“a 3 for 1 great deal!”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Really interesting place! You can get an "Immigrant ID card" upon entering, and can use it to activate little testimonials and vignettes as you tour thru the exhibits. This place does a really great job of telling the stories of immigrants in general to the Johnstown area, of the unique experience specific nationalities endured, and of the lives and communities they built for themselves, and the kinds of jobs they did. At the end, there's a good film explaining the steel-making process, and some of the innovations developed in the area. There's also a cafe on site. Admission includes the Flood Museum and the Ritter-Wagner House, as well.

Visited September 2013
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Easy way to learn history”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is an interesting look at Industrial history and the ethnicities that built America. The exhibits are a little worn but remarkable for all ages. The steel making exhibit is great and the children's museum, shop and ice cream store are very fun. There are often special exhibits upstairs. You could spend an entire day here. Worth the admission price. The reuse of the old building is very impressive. Also go to the Wagner Ritter House across the street.

Visited June 2013
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great look at local history”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The exhibit on immigration was very moving. It shows living conditions, working opportunities, transportation, clothing styles of the late 1800's. You hear actual voices talking in first person. Very interesting.
Also a nice play/inter- acting area for children . A play area, a general store, a coal mine, a game area,a kitchen area with tables and plastic food, etc.
Our family spent 2 1/2 hours one Wednesday afternoon. We all enjoyed the time.

Visited March 2013
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Conshohocken
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Disappointing Discovery”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Some things should be free.... Felt uncomfortable going in building even though I needed to use restroom. Was not going on walking tour. Was interesting to see where the "club" homes were and the lake prior to bursting.

Visited June 2013
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