Please see the calendar below for the current operating schedules of the Johnstown Flood Museum, Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum. Visitors to the Johnstown Children’s Museum (which is located on the third floor of the Heritage Discovery Center) are encouraged to RSVP 539-1889 before your visit, as we are limiting the number of families in the museum at any given time — see the children’s museum COVID information page for details on our scheduling and safety protocol. RSVPs are not needed to visit the Johnstown Flood Museum or the other attractions in the Heritage Discovery Center.

In accordance with PA guidelines, visitors and employees must wear masks, and are asked to observe social distancing while in our facilities. We are taking additional steps to ensure safety, such as sanitizing surfaces frequently. Welcome!


A full “Halloweekend” of great events planned for the season!

A full “Halloweekend” of great events planned for the season!

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association is pleased to offer a full slate of events for all ages this Halloween season! Don’t miss:

October 25, 6:00-9:00 pm: Halloween at the Johnstown Children’s Museum: It’s a safe trick-or-treat event, with fun all over the Heritage Discovery Center!

A “pumpkin patch” will be set up in the courtyard with hidden treats. On the second floor, we’ll have games and a “Mad Scientist” performing spooky experiments! On the third floor, the Johnstown Children’s Museum will be open, and Halloween crafts will be offered. Throughout the museum, there will be plenty of candy and lots of fun decorations!At 8:00 pm the pumpkin contest winners will be announced in the Iron and Steel Gallery. Cost is as follows: adults $3; children age 3-18 are $5. JAHA members are $3.

Contest details

Pumpkins can be brought to the Heritage Discovery Center October 22 – 24. Entry into the contest will be $1. Contest participants must be ages 4 – 12. Prizes will be given for:

  • Prettiest Pumpkin: 1st and 2nd place
  • Spookiest Pumpkin: 1st and 2nd place
  • Best Original Design: 1st and 2nd place

Pumpkins can be carved, painted, and/or decorated in any way you choose! All pumpkins will be kept outside in our pumpkin patch for the week and prizes will be given away on October 25, at our safe trick or treat event.

Friday, October 25, 5:30-8:00 pm: Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club: Join us for Last Friday with the Stone Bridge Blues Band in our authentic social club, located on the fourth floor of the Heritage Discovery Center! You can expect some smokin’ blues music from this band that features: Mike Borstnar (guitar & vocals), Brian Moore (bass & vocals) and Jason Williams (drums). Guest bartenders are Barry and Joyce Gallagher. Costumes optional but encouraged! Doors at 5:00, and music at 5:30; no cover.

Sunday, October 27, 1:00 pm, Spooky Science with Dr. Matt:  Our Halloweekend continues with Dr. Matt of UPJ presenting Spooky Science in the education center at the Heritage Discovery Center! In this hands-on event, we’ll explore scientific principles like static electricity and density while using candy and Halloween characters—you might even see a volcano blow. We invite you to wear your Halloween costume and get into the spooky spirit! Cost is $3 with museum admission or $5 without museum admission; $3 for JAHA members.

Tuesday, October 29, and Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 pm: Eerie Evening Tours of the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden: Drop in for an Eerie Evening Tour of the Wagner-Ritter House on Oct. 29 or 31! Learn about Halloween in the 1800s as you tour the historic home of the Wagner and Ritter families in Cambria City, and hear some Johnstown ghost stories. Admission is $3 per person. Crafts and snacks will be provided.