Renovation Details

More about the planned renovation and exhibit upgrades at the Johnstown Flood Museum.

In late 2023, the first phase of renovation was completed at the Johnstown Flood Museum. This included all exterior renovations, including roof repairs; upgrading exterior building elements, such as windows and doors; repair and replacement of copper gutters; and repairs to the building’s beautiful brickwork.

The next phase of construction will involve upgrading obsolete electrical, lighting, elevator, and HVAC systems, as well as other interior improvements to restrooms and floors.

The last phase will include new exhibitions that incorporate interactive digital technology, making them more compelling while allowing ongoing changes to exhibition content. Digital technologies will include augmented reality and the use of 3D imaging.

New artifacts and materials will be used in the museum exhibitions, too. These include the Rev. David Beale collection, which was first discovered in 2007.

The large light- and sound-animated terrain map/model of the floodwave’s path that is part of the museum’s first floor will receive new digital operating systems and audio-visual displays.

The large sculptural wall representing the Johnstown Flood will remain, as will the theatre and Academy Award-winning film. In 2011, the theater was rehabilitated with new carpeting, seats and sound system.

The team that is planning and overseeing the Johnstown Flood Museum building rehabilitation and exhibition upgrades and replacement include CJL Engineering (HVAC and electrical systems), and The Magic Lantern (audio-visual production).

CJL Engineering is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm with extensive experience with cultural projects including the Benedum Theater, Byham Theater, Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Old Economy Village, and the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms. The Magic Lantern specializes in museum installations, and created the “Mystery of Steel” presentation shown at the Heritage Discovery Center.

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