Please see the calendar below for the current operating schedules of the Johnstown Flood Museum, Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum. The Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only; the Johnstown Flood Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 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!


COVID Safety Details

Johnstown Children’s Museum is now open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays!

Opening the museum safely

Here at JAHA we are committed to providing our visitors with a clean, safe, fun environment. This is especially important in our children’s museum, which is a high touch zone. Before your visit, check out this list of what we’re doing to keep you safe and how you can help!

Plan your trip:

  • Hours of operation are currently limited. Members are invited to visit us for a two-hour play session as follows:
    • Thursday, Friday: 10 am-noon, noon-2:00 pm, 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am-noon, noon 2:00 pm; 2:00-5:00 pm is a MEMBERS ONLY time
  • We encourage you to call ahead at 539-1889 to make a reservation. We welcome walk-up visitors, but only if we have space to do so.
  • While we are accepting walk-ins, please be aware of of our 2-hour time slots as listed above, so that you can maximize your time in the museum. If you are arriving towards the end of a time slot, you may want to consider waiting for the next one. Thank you!
  • In order to comply with state regulations, we are limiting our capacity within each 2-hour slot to four families, for a maximum of 20 people in the children’s museum at any one time.
  • You do not have to use the entirety of your two-hour slot; however, we cannot adjust or refund your time if you arrive late.

How we’re keeping you safe:

  • The Johnstown Children’s Museum has received a deep and thorough cleaning before we opened.
  • We are scheduling extra staff to maintain cleanliness throughout the day.
  • Each room will be closed hourly for ten minutes for a clean. Please see posted signs outside of each room for times.
  • In addition to daily cleanings, the entire floor will be sanitized weekly using a disinfectant fogger.
  • We are monitoring the health of our staff, and all staff will be wearing masks in the museum.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum.
  • Play food, blocks, books, and other frequently touched items will be rotated throughout the day, and sanitized after each use.
  • Unfortunately, some items and areas are difficult to frequently clean and we have removed or closed them. The coal mine and slide are temporarily closed, and we have removed our dress up clothes.
  • Look out for Morley! In our museum we have posted Morley Moments to let you know what precautions we are taking in different exhibit spaces.

How you can help keep our visitors and staff safe:

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • All visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear masks.
  • You are encouraged to make a reservation before you visit to hold your space; a maximum of four families (for a total of 20 people) are allowed in the museum at any one time.
  • Please comply with all posted signs and staff recommendations.
  • While you do not have to socially distance within your family, we are kindly asking that you remain a safe distance from other families.
  • Food may not be consumed in the museum. You may eat a lunch or snack in the courtyard.
  • Our water fountains are closed. You may bring your own water bottle or purchase one in our gift shop.
  • Even though our dress-up clothes have been removed for now, our fashion show is still open! Visitors are encouraged to bring their own dress up clothes to model!
  • Be aware that you will share the entirety of the children’s museum space with up to 3 other families. We ask that you be kind and courteous and share each space at a safe social distance.
  • Be patient with yourself, other visitors, and our staff as we adapt to these new norms – we’re all learning together!