Please see the calendar below for the current operating schedules of the Johnstown Flood Museum, Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum. The Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only; the Johnstown Flood Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 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!
America’s Industrial Heritage publications about Southwestern Pennsylvania: Completed in the late 80s and early 90s, these books about a nine-county region of Southwestern Pennsylvania were a project of the National Park Service. Digitized copies can be accessed at the link above. Of particular interest to JAHA and our audiences is “The Character of a Steel Mill City: Four Historic Neighborhoods of Johnstown, PA,” which gives a wonderful overview of Johnstown, Downtown, Cambria City/Minersville, and Westmont; and “Historic Resource Study: Cambria Iron Company.” Great information about Windber can be found in “A Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern PA.”
Sanborn Fire Insurance maps — These maps were developed by the Sanborn Insurance Company to assess fire risk in various neighborhoods in Johnstown. They are among the best pre- and post-flood maps of Johnstown (available maps are dated 1886, 1891, 1895, and 1913), and have been digitized by Penn State University.
Southmont Centennial website — This website was developed by Nadine Carr of JAHA to celebrate the 2019 centennial of Southmont, one of Johnstown’s historic neighborhoods.