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!


Johnstown Slavic Festival

The festival is postponed until 2021.

Update 8/10/20

The festival committee and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association have reluctantly concluded that it is not possible to hold the festival in 2020 due to restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The next Johnstown Slavic Festival will be held Sept. 17-18, 2021. Thank you for your continued support!

Slavs have a rich history in Johnstown

From 1880 until 1920, thousands of Slavic immigrants came to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to find employment in the area’s mills and mines. By 1920, 25 percent of Johnstown’s residents were of Slavic descent. They created a rich network of churches and social clubs to support their way of life and culture.

Johnstown went through tough economic times in the 1970s and 80s, and many people were forced to leave the community. Johnstown’s ethnic organizations suffered. Today, many young people want to know about their ethnic heritage, and the culture and history of their Slavic ancestors.

Join us for this free festival!

Come celebrate this rich heritage at the fourth annual Johnstown Slavic Festival, set for September 20-21, 2019! The festival, which is expanding to a two-day format in 2019, is planned by a volunteer committee in cooperation with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), and is held one of JAHA’s museums, the Heritage Discovery Center. Museum admission will be free during the event, too!

We plan a festival full of:

  • Authentic Slavic music
  • Slavic folk dance performances
  • Homemade Slavic food, as well as Slavic beer
  • Educational speakers and cooking demonstrations
  • Ethnic vendors

The presenting sponsor for the Johnstown Slavic Festival is the Best Windows & Door Company.

Images from the 2016 festival

Crafts, dancing, vendors and more are part of the festival!