Comfort Inn & Suites
455 Theatre Dr.
Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 266-3678
Fax: (814) 266-9783
455 Theatre Dr., Johnstown, PA, US, 15904
- Phone: (814) 266-3678
- Fax: (814) 266-9783
Arts & Museums
An interactive museum found in Windber, which was "created overnight by the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company," the Windber Coal Heritage Center is dedicated to the history of this authentic company town and telling the story of the everyday lives of miners and their families. Authentic vintage mining costumes, tools, a fiberoptic map illustrating 21 square miles of mines, the Windber city grid, the settlements of ethnic populations and the more 31 local churches and other organizations, and more can be seen. The Quecreek Mine Rescue exhibit tells the dramatic story of the nine miners who were trapped 248 feet underground in July 2002, and rescued three days later. The Center operates on a limited schedule.
Housed in the former Cambria Library, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Johnstown Flood Museum helps tell the story of the horrific event on May 31, 1889, in which 2,209 people died. The first floor of the Johnstown Flood Museum features a variety of exhibits and artifacts that include a fiberoptic map illustrating the path of the flood, photographs and artifacts from the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club on Lake Conemaugh, media reports, and such recovery items as morgue books, a doctor's kit and Red Cross supplies. A 26-minute film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject is shown every hour in a specially-designed theater.
Community Arts Center of Cambria County helps "to support, promote, strengthen, and nurture the creative, performing and visual arts through education programs, exhibits, scholarships and special events."
Occupied by three generations of a steel-working family, from the 1860s to 1990s, the Wagner-Ritter House and Garden tells "the story of a modest, working-class family who spent their lives in "the shadow of the mills" in Johnstown's Cambria City" with the help of tax documents, census information and other public records. Topics covered in the main exhibit, "The World of the Wagners," include housework, gardening, 19th-century childhood and the material culture. Such outbuildings as a barn, privy and a bake oven shelter and a German raised-bed garden in the backyard have been recreated based on historic and archeological evidence.
Housed in the former Germania Brewery, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association-operated Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center's main exhibit is America: Through Immigrant Eyes. It "focuses on the immigrants who arrived between 1880 through 1914, and the ethnic neighborhoods in which they settled," especially in Johnstown, using interactive media. The second floor gallery is devoted to temporary exhibits. This space can also be rented for private parties, wedding receptions, dinners or any kind of special event.
Housed in an authentically restored stagecoach stop that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Compass Inn Museum offers informative and entertaining one and a half hour tours of period furnished rooms, which include the common room, serving kitchen, four bedrooms and three reconstructed outbuildings: a cookhouse, blacksmith shop and a barn. The Compass Inn Museum is open daily from May through October.