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!

 

Second-Floor Galleries

Opening June 28! Johnstown: Where We Work

“Johnstown: Where We Work” is a new temporary exhibit that traces the evolution of work from early agriculture and canal work, to the rise of the steel, railroad, and coal industries and the larger community they helped create. It uses images and artifacts from JAHA’s archives, as well as materials borrowed from area residents and businesses.

The exhibit explores the history of working life in Johnstown from the 19th century to the present. Johnstown is known for the iron and steel industries, but the exhibit also spotlights the diverse array of different work people in Johnstown did — manufacturing to skilled trades, public servants, store owners, and more.

However, a major addition to the exhibit is still to come and will be created through the input of museum visitors. Throughout the summer, there will be opportunities for visitors to provide their own thoughts and perspectives on work in Johnstown today, which will be used to create the final section of the exhibit — Johnstown at Work Today — which will open at the end of the summer.

Andrew Lang, JAHA curator, encourages anyone who has materials, images, or stories to contribute to get in touch with him at (814) 539-1889, ext. 314, or alang [at] jaha.org.

Like all amenities in the Heritage Discovery Center, admission to the exhibition is included with your purchase of a ticket (and free to JAHA members).

Exhibition images

Images, in order: pattern makers, 1950; women bus drivers, October 1944; worker at an open hearth, mid-1950s; nurses, 1915; Froelich butcher shop, 1920; Russell Heffley images of miners, 1940s.