Heritage Discovery Center, Johnstown

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  • dirty , This part of town is run down. not a nice place to be at night. High crime area. do the Incline PLane. it is nice and they are doing fresh up work on the observation look out point.  more »
  • Enjoyed watching my son learn about Johnstown. It is a great attractions that should not be missed when you are in town.  more »
  • My mom grew up in Johnstown and memories of the summers I spent there going to Slovak events and seeing the sky flicker red at night from the steel blast furnace came alive again as we toured the muse...  more »
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  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!! My son had a blast at the children's museum. There was never a boring moment. The whole place is a fun way of learning for the entire family. Kid Tested. Mother Approved!!!
  • We visited the children's museum on the 3rd floor with our 2 and 5 year old kids. They were occupied for over 5 hours and although they spent the whole time playing, the kids learned about coal mining, building a dam, steel production, and cooking. Some of the exhibits need some maintenance to function properly but it was still a great day. This museum would probably entertain kids up to age 9 or so.
  • It was an informative and enjoyable hands on time for both a 1st grader and 7th grader. Adults enjoyed its informative displays as well. Great place.
  • HDC occupies an old factory building, and has two main displays. One is a film about the early iron and steel industry, which were, along with the related mining and railroads, key to Johnstown's history. Not just the floods, but the rich history of immigration and the ethnic churches and neighborhoods. And the second exhibit is about just that -- the experience of immigrants. There are other features, including a children's museum, and an exhibit dedicated to the various wares that Johnstown manufacturing produced in days gone past -- from glassware to hot water radiators so many of us used. There is also, during growing season, of a display of plants that are native to this area, with a wonderful overview of the Cambria City neighborhood, which was the home of so many ethnic groups. BTW, do NOT use the mailing address on your GPS. Use 699 Broad St., Johnstown. THAT will get you to the entrance of the HDC parking lot.
  • So fun! Grandkids loved the children's floor. Easy to get to.
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