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!


Rent the Lights

Suggest Lighting Colors or Renting the Lights

Suggesting lighting colors

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association lights the bridge for major religious and secular holidays (such as Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, etc.). We also light the bridge for local charity events and nationwide observances, including health awareness events. These include well-publicized events like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, World AIDS Day, Pride Month, Light it Blue for Autism, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and so on.

JAHA recognizes that there are literally hundreds of lesser-known observances. We welcome suggestions of lesser-known lighting occasions that are important to members of the community, and accommodate when we can. Use the form below to make sure we’re aware of the observance that matters to you.

Renting the lights

The lights are also available for rent for private events such as:

  • Memorials
  • Birthdays
  • Pregnancy gender reveals
  • Sports events
  • Wedding anniversaries
  • Corporate events

Multiple color combinations, animations, and effects are possible. The fee for this service is $100 per evening, with additional evenings for $50.

Requests and rentals should be made at least a week in advance, but a month in advance is preferred.


As a matter of policy, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association does not accept lighting requests or rentals that have political overtones. We have not and would not light for things like:

  • A specific party’s election victory or partisan political rally (for elections, the bridge is red, white and blue.)
  • A political advocacy group or observance
  • The passage of a law or a Supreme Court decision

We reserve the right to refuse requests at our discretion.

Get in touch

Please use the form below to inquire, including the following information:

For a community event or observance:

  • Details about the health observance or community event (when applicable, please include evidence that your observance or event is occurring — for a national observance, this could be a website with details; for a local event, this could include a calendar listing on social media, a flyer, etc.)
  • Preferred colors
  • Your preferred date(s)

For a rental:

  • Details about what the rental is for
  • Preferred colors
  • Your preferred date(s)

Please note that JAHA reserves the right to refuse rental requests as well as suggestions for community events/observances due to conflicts or any other reason at our discretion.