JAHA is looking for a part-time docent in our children’s museum (20-30 hours/week) who will interact with visitors and children, turn on/off exhibits, facilitate visitor experience, assist in presenting crafts, activities, events, and birthday parties. Teaching experience preferred. Weekends and some evenings required; must have reliable transportation and clearances. $8.75/hr. Interested? Please email Marisa Tracey at cm [at] jaha.org.

Admissions & Hours

Tickets and opening times for the museum.

Admission

Admission to the Heritage Discovery Center is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $8 for children from 3-18 (children 2 and under are free). Admission covers all exhibits and amenities at the facility, including the Johnstown Children’s Museum, “America: Through Immigrant Eyes,” the Iron & Steel Gallery featuring “Mystery of Steel,”, the second-floor galleries and fifth-floor galleries. You may purchase a ticket for both the Heritage Discovery Center and the Johnstown Flood Museum, which is also operated by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, for $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, or $14 for students. Both visits must take place over a period of five days.

We are also pleased to offer a 20% discount to active members of the military. Please present your military ID to receive this discount.

The Johnstown Flood Museum is located about a half-mile from the Heritage Discovery Center and Wagner-Ritter House & Garden. Museum staff will be happy to direct you.

Museums for All

New in October 2022! The Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is proud to participate in Museums for All, which is designed to make museums more accessible to lower-income families. Any family receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits can present their SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to receive a reduced admission price of $3 per person, up to four people.

Museums for All is an access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and is administered by the Association of Children’s Museums to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly. More than 900 museums participate in the initiative nationwide.

Johnstown Heritage Pass and online ticketing

New in July 2021! Experience what it was like to be an immigrant to Johnstown in the late 1800s – and the steel and coal industries that brought them here. Learn about the 1889 Johnstown Flood, and how industrialization helped cause the disaster. See modern blacksmiths practicing their craft using time-honored methods – all located in the nationally-recognized historic districts of Johnstown. All these stories and more are yours to discover with the Johnstown Heritage Pass. This mobile-only, online pass gives you more than 20% off individual ticket prices to:

  • Heritage Discovery Center
  • Johnstown Children’s Museum
  • Johnstown Flood Museum
  • Wagner-Ritter House & Garden
  • Center for Metal Arts

Individual attraction tickets are available online, too.

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Museum Membership

When you purchase a membership to the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, you receive admission to all our museums for an entire year, as many times as you’d like to come! Plus, you get benefits like discounts to ticketed events presented by JAHA, including passes & packages to the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival and more; special invitations to member-only events like exhibit openings; free admission to children’s programming; and much more.

It’s a great deal, too. The cost of just one visit a family of four covers a full 40% of a family museum membership.

Click here for more about JAHA membership.

Hours

As of May 1, 2022, the Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Saturday, and noon-5:00 pm on Sunday. Please see this page for safety details on visiting the Children’s Museum.

We will open anytime for pre-arranged group tours — call us at 814-539-1889. Be sure to check what special events might be offered during your visit.

Accessibility

All museums feature elevators, and our film presentations are captioned. We look forward to welcoming you!