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!


The Museum Campaign

The Johnstown Flood Museum Project Campaign is going on now.

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) is working on a $2.5 million capital campaign called “For the Future: A Campaign for the Johnstown Flood Museum,” to renovate and refurbish Johnstown’s flagship tourist attraction, and provide marketing support.

Donate to the Johnstown Flood Museum fund now

The Johnstown Flood Museum has hosted over a million visitors since it reopened in 1989 following an extensive renovation. The film commissioned for the museum won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, and historian David McCullough called the museum “one of the best regional history museums in the country.” However, long-term exhibitions and building systems are now more than 25 years old and are showing their age, and a complete renovation is necessary.

We have reached more than 65 percent of our goal through major gifts from Pittsburgh-based private foundations as well as local residents and corporations, but now we need YOUR help. David McCullough has generously lent his support to the project, as seen in the video below.

The project will completely redo permanent exhibitions with exciting, state-of-the-art technology, incorporating new artifacts and research. The building will be completely refurbished, including new electrical and HVAC systems. Further details on the plans can be found here.

Donate Now

A fund for the Johnstown Flood Museum Campaign has been established at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to support this project. You can make a secure online donation to the fund by clicking the button below (alternatively, download and mail in this form.) Thank you for your support!

Donate to the Johnstown Flood Museum fund now

These drawings offer you a sneak peek of what we are working on!