Admissions & Hours

All children visiting the Johnstown Children’s Museum must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For health and safety reasons, children should be fully dressed, including shoes, while enjoying the museum’s interactive exhibits.


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 Heritage Discovery Center’s “America: Through Immigrant Eyes,” the Iron & Steel Gallery featuring “Mystery of Steel,”, and the second-floor galleries.

You may purchase a combination ticket for both the Johnstown Children’s Museum/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.

Those who live in the area may wish to consider JAHA membership, as membership benefits include free admission to all JAHA museums as many times as you’d like to come for a full year.

If you buy single-day tickets to experience the museum and decide you’d like to upgrade those tickets to a membership, stop at the front desk on the way out! We’ll deduct what you paid for today’s tickets from your membership cost.

JAHA Membership

For those who live in the area, JAHA membership is an affordable way to be able to enjoy the Johnstown Children’s Museum and all JAHA museums often!

When you purchase a membership, your family receives free admission to all our museums for a full year, as many times as you’d like to come, plus admission to hundreds of museums nationwide that participate in the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM) program.

Plus, you get benefits like discounts to ticketed events presented by JAHA.

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.

More about membership

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.

More about Museums for All

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! Included are:

  • 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


Visitor season opening hours (May-Deceberer) 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.