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!

 

Location & Directions

Welcome! Here's how to find us.

hdc_smallThe Heritage Discovery Center is a five-story brick building that’s easy to spot from the road. Its address is 201 Sixth Avenue, Johnstown, 15906; please note that the actual entrance to the parking lot is located at the intersection of Seventh & Broad Streets (Broad Street is also known as Rt. 56).The Johnstown Flood Museum is located a half-mile away at 304 Washington Street, Johnstown PA 15901; the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden is located a few blocks away at 418 Broad Street.

Here’s how to get to the Heritage Discovery Center.

From the east

Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Bedford (Exit 146). Take Route 220/ I99 north and take the first exit (Fishertown/Cessna). Take Route 56 west (approximately 30 miles) to Route 219 North. Take Route 56 West exit (Johnstown Expressway). The Heritage Discovery Center will appear on your left; the parking lot entrance is located at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Route 56 (Broad Street) – there is no stoplight at this intersection. Turn left into the parking area in front of our building.

From the north

Take Route 80 to Route 220/ I 99 South onto Route 22 West outside of Altoona. At Ebensburg, take 219 South to Route 56 West exit (Johnstown Expressway). The Heritage Discovery Center is on the left; the parking lot entrance is located at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Route 56 (Broad Street) – there is no stoplight at this intersection. Turn left into the parking area in front of our building.

From Pittsburgh

Take Parkway I-376 East to US-22 East at Murrysville. Take US-22 East for 40 miles. Exit onto PA-56 East at Armagh. Follow PA-56 East approximately 9 miles into the City of Johnstown (this takes you on a winding road through a residential/mixed-use neighborhood). PA-56 will become Broad Street as you enter the Cambria City Historic District. The Center is located on your right at 7th Avenue and Route 56 (Broad Street) – there is no stoplight at this intersection. Turn right at the 7th Avenue intersection into the parking lot, and then left into the parking area in front of our building.

From the west

wayfindingsignTake the Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Somerset (exit 110). Follow signage to Route 219 North. Take 219 North to the Route 56 West Exit (Johnstown Expressway). he Heritage Discovery Center will appear on your left; the parking lot entrance is located at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Route 56 (Broad Street) – there is no stoplight at this intersection. Turn left into the parking lot, and left again into the parking area in front of our building.

When you reach Johnstown, look for blue directional signs as pictured at right. More than 70 such signs are placed throughout the Johnstown area to help visitors find their way to JAHA museums, public buildings, hospitals and other points of interest.