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The Johnstown Children's Museum is a new project of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. This museum is located on the third floor of the Heritage Discovery Center, and allows children to learn through play about Johnstown's geography, history, culture, industry and more.

Supporting the Johnstown Children's Museum

The Johnstown Children's Museum is only possible through the generosity of a wide range of foundations, businesses and private individuals. But the continued support of our community is vital to the success of the museum.
Please help support our capital campaign, "Perserving Our Heritage; Revitalizing Our Community," and this museum. For more information about the campaign and how you can help, visit the Capital Campaign section of jaha.org, or make a donation online.

Here is more information about the museum and the history of its development.
 

 

On November 13, 2006, JAHA held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the Johnstown Children's Museum. The museum is the most visible element of Phase II of the Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center's development. Phase I opened in 2001 with a permanent exhibit, "America: Through Immigrant Eyes," which focuses on the lives of immigrants and their families. That exhibit and a museum shop are located on the first floor of the building, and the second floor is a gallery used for temporary exhibits and rentals. However, the first and second floors only take up about 30,000 square feet of the 60,000 square feet available in the building. Phase I was a $6.1 million capital investment and included many physical improvements to the building, which means that the budget for architectural modifications and construction of the children's museum was substantially reduced.

 

 



The capital costs of the new museum, including architectural enhancements, exhibits and planning, total about $4.4 million, and the facility is expected to open in 2008. The project will result in a 7,500-square-foot children's museum themed on the Johnstown region. Additional improvements to the building include the Iron & Steel Gallery, which is now open, the Education Center, Galliker's Cafe, and rooftop terraces that are part of the children's museum exhibits.

The Johnstown Children's Museum helps JAHA realize its overall mission of preserving and interpreting the nationally significant story of the Johnstown area, and developing cultural tourism as part of Johnstown's economic diversification plans. The facility will also enhance the quality of life in the Johnstown area by providing a resource for children and families.


The museum's lead donors are Sidney and Rae Goldblatt of Johnstown. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania matched their $1.5 million gift, which was announced in an April 2004 press conference held by Gov. Ed Rendell at the Heritage Discovery Center. Project planning involved with professional consultants, local businesses and a community advisory committee. Several exhibits in the Johnstown Children's Museum have been developed in cooperation with regional industries.