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Heritage Discovery Center, Johnstown

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The Heritage Discovery Center, officially known as the Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center, is a community history and culture center operated by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The center features permanent and changing exhibits and galleries focusing on local history and culture. The building also features the Johnstown Children's Museum, a cafe and a social club.Admission to the Center includes entry to all the exhibits and the Johnstown Children's Museum, and also includes one visit to all JAHA-owned museums in the Johnstown Discovery Network, including the Johnstown Flood Museum, and the Wagner–Ritter House & Garden, which is open seasonally.Exhibits"America: Through Immigrant Eyes" is a permanent exhibit about area immigrants who arrived between 1880 through 1914, mostly from Eastern and Southern Europe, and the ethnic neighborhoods in which they settled. The multimedia displays use sight, sound and smell to enable visitors to experience one person's daily life, starting from their country of origin and culture, to their travel to the United States to their lives and impact in the Johnstown area. A theatre features video interviews with the children and grandchildren of Johnstown immigrants.The "Iron & Steel Gallery" focuses on the area steel industry. Exhibits include photographs and multi-media presentations.The Heritage Discovery Center also features two galleries for changing exhibits of local history and culture.Johnstown Children's MuseumThe Johnstown Children's Museum is located on the Center's third floor. Interactive displays enable young children to learn Johnstown's geography, history, culture and industry through play.
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  • There are lots of reasons to spend time here. First, the exhibits are well done, with interactive elements and absorbing displays. Second, most of us are at least semi-aware of our own immigrant ances...  more »
  • This museum is interactive with the use of character cards. You select a character and follow him or her through the museum learning about life in Johnstown during the time when there were many immigr...  more »
  • I was very impressed by the heritage center. I learned a ton about life in industrial Johnstown, especially the steel mills. The only negative is that the building is huge and the exhibits only take u...  more »
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  • It was set up very well. The 3rd floor or kids area was good for small and big kids. It was very interesting to see how immigrants lived. And they showed it very well. It my was first visit but definitely won't be my last.
  • Immigration tour very poor. Media did not work. Steel tour awesome.
  • Offers an in depth view of the immigrant experience in the Johnstown, PA area, a children's activity area (best for younger kids, say pre-school to maybe 2nd grade), and a history of the city's iron and steel works which is actually pretty interesting. If you have an hour or two go ahead and make the stop.
  • A wonderful spot to take the kids
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