Admissions & Hours

Tickets and opening times for the museum.


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” and the exhibition Forging a Nation: Johnstown Iron & Steel, and the second-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.

Book yours now

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.


Visitor season opening hours (May-December) for the Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; and Sunday, noon-5:00 pm. During the slower visitor season (January-April) we are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 10:00 am-5:00 pm; and open Sundays from noon-5:00 pm.

Our museums close for Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We are open on bank holidays such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, and Juneteenth. If you’re unsure, please note that we will post changes in hours (due to holidays or inclement weather) on our Facebook Page. 

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.


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