Historical Sites & Museums


  Most historical sites and museums are not directly devoted to providing research facilities and materials to historians and genealogists. Although the historical sites and museums provide their visitors with information of a historical nature, their primary business tends to be to make money. Also, very seldom do historical sites and museums provide anything akin to genealogy. In spite of the commercial aspect of the museum business, you canít help but gain knowledge from visiting an historical site or museum. And unlike reading about an historical event in a book, visiting an histori-cal site or museum will often provide a more immediately understood grasp of the event or time period.

  The following list includes most of the historical sites and museums to be found in the Old~Bedford County region. You might notices that some of the sites listed here might have already been noted in the foregoing discussion of historical societies. In some cases the historical society maintains a museum as part of its program.


Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (Cambria County)

110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641 (814-886-6100)

Hours: open year-round, Memorial Day to Labor Day 9:00am-6:00pm, remainder of year 9:00am-5:00pm, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum (Blair County)

Hours: May to October 10:00am-6:00pm / November to April 10:00am-5:00pm Closed Monday (November to April)

Baker Mansion Historical Museum (Blair County)

PO Box 1083, Altoona, PA 16603 (Oak Lane, off Logan Blvd) (814-942-3916)

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (Memorial Day to Labor Day) 1:00pm-4:30pm

Burnt Cabins Grist Mill (Fulton County)

Burnt Cabins, PA 17215 (800-278-6455)

Hours: tours by appointment

East Broad Top National Historic Landmark (Huntingdon County)

Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249 (814-447-3011)

Hours: Trains depart Orbisonia Station, June to October, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm

Fort Bedford Museum (Bedford County)

PO Box 1758, Fort Bedford Drive, Bedford, PA 16601 (814-623-8891)

Hours: Daily, May through October (with the exception of Tuesdays in May, September and October) 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Fort Roberdeau Historic Site (Blair County)

RR 3, Box 391, Altoona, PA 16601 (814-946-0048)

Hours: May 1 through October 31 Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm  Sunday & Monday 1:00pm-5:00pm

Fulton County Historical Society Museum (Fulton County)

Fulton House, 112 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Hours: open Thursdays; tours by appointment

Greenwood Furnace State Park (Huntingdon County)

RR 2, Box 118, Huntingdon, PA 16652-9006 (814-667-1805)

Hours: Daily (Memorial Day to Labor Day) 9:00am-5:00pm

Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark (Blair County)

Kittanning Point Road, Altoona, PA 16601 (814-946-0834)

Hours: May to October 10:00am-6:00pm / November to April 10:00am-4:30pm Closed Monday (November to April)

Isett Acres Museum (Huntingdon County)

P.O. Box 419, Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652 (814-643-9600)

Hours: April 1 to ----- Monday - Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

Johnstown Flood Museum (Cambria County)

PO Box 1889, 304 Washington St., Johnstown, PA 15907 (814-539-1889)

Hours: Open year-round, May 1 to October 31, Sunday-Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm; November 1 to April 30, daily 10:00am-5:00pm, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Johnstown Flood National Memorial (Cambria County)

733 Lake Road, South Fork, PA 15956 (814-495-4643)

Hours: Open year-round, Memorial Day to Labor Day 9:00am-6:00pm; the rest of the year 9:00am-5:00pm Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25th.

McMurtrie House Museum (Huntingdon County)

106 4th St., Huntingdon, PA 16652 (814-643-5449)

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00am-12:00noon, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Old Bedford Village (Bedford County)

PO Box 1976, Bedford, PA 15522 (814-623-1156)

Hours:Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm; September-October Thursday-Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

Somerset Historical Center (Somerset County)

Pennsylvania's Rural Heritage Museum RD 2, Box 238, Somerset, PA 15501 (814-445-6077)

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday Tuesday 12:00noon-5:00pm

Swigart Antique Auto Museum (Huntingdon County)

PO Box 214, Huntingdon, PA 16652 (on Rt.22) (814-643-0885)

Hours: Daily (Memorial Day through October) 9:00am-5:00pm