Johnstown Flood Museum, Johnstown

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  • This museum focuses on the flood of 1889. There were pictures in the stairwells from the other 2 floods and we were told they will eventually add more from those floods. We were the only ones in the m...  more »
  • This is a must see for anyone visiting Johnstown. The video makes you feel like you are in the flood  more »
  • It was a nice little place to visit, but clearly it is poorly managed. First, as others have stated, it is very small with not a lot in it. With that said, the stuff it has is REALLY cool, there just ...  more »
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  • Nice museum outlining the historic Johnstown 1889 flood, the deadliest flood in the nation and the worst PA disaster to date, killing over 2200 people. Don't miss the documentary film which won an Academy Award. Also, there is an Oklahoma house right outside and part of the museum which was one of the temporary houses used for those whose homes had been destroyed.
  • The Johnstown Flood Museum (not to be confused with the Johnstown National Flood Memorial 15 miles away) is housed in the former Carnegie Library. This was the 4th Carnegie Library donated, and the 3rd to be completed. He made the offer 6 months after the 1889 flood, and the building was completed almost exactly two years later. It remained a public library until about 1971, and then was gradually converted into the Flood Museum. The Museum (and the building) could stand renovation, and that is now a major project of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, which owns and operates it. The film there is by Charles Guggenheim, and won the Academy Award for best short documentary in 1989. The main exhibits are on the ground flood; the film, and photos of Johnstown prior to the 1889 flood are on the second floor. Often overlooked is the third floor, which was the gymnasium for the Carnegie Library and has a number of original features, including the elevated running track and beadboard pine paneling on the walls.
  • Very nice museum. While we were there a volunteer walked around and showed us lots of interesting things. Watch the movie and visit the 3rd floor. Worth a stop when in the area.
  • I expected more from such an event. Not much new in the museum and a bit dated. Film is nice, but you can see it all on PBS or similar. The surrounding area has little to offer.
  • Decent little museum. However could use a little heat. Nearly froze in the theatre
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