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Bayernhof Museum, O'Hara Township

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Bayernhof Music Museum features a major collection of automated musical instruments from the 19th and 20th centuries. Located six miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in the suburb of O'Hara Township, Pennsylvania, it is housed in German-style mansion sited on an 18-acre, dramatic overlook some 540 feet above the Allegheny River Valley.

Bayernhof is the name of the mansion itself, a $4.2 million project completed in 1982 as a private residence by Charles Brown III, founder and CEO of Gas-Lite Manufacturing Company in Pittsburgh. The 19,000-square-foot house includes a rooftop observatory, an indoor cave, a swimming pool with a 10-foot waterfall, 10 fireplaces, eight full baths, three powder rooms, three full-size kitchens as well as a completely restored copper still.

The museum was a directive of Mr. Brown's will and it opened to the public in 2004.
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  • Please move this listing back to Pittsburgh!!! Having it in O'hara is like listing the Statue of Liberty outside of New York City because it's on Ellis Island. The Bayernhof is a major Pittsburgh aatt...  more »
  • A species of Castle with a beautiful view to the Valley and Allegheny River built by the eccentric millionaire Charles b. Brown. He collected "boxes" and the Castle are more than 50 of them varying in size and eccentricity. One of them is 2 violins and a piano played mechanically. The castle itself and its story are worth the visit.
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  • The 2.5 hour home tour of eccentric Charles B. Brown, III's music museum was interesting and most entertaining! It has many levels and secret passageways within it's 19,000 square feet. Between seeing...  more »
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  • The music machines were completely unexpected, and the tour guide was so thorough, I was just in awe. A wonderful experience of seeing luxury
  • A delightful experience, tucked away in a singularly wacky home on a residential street in the Pittsburgh suburbs. Every kind of music automaton imaginable, plus some you would never have imagined (e.g., a jukebox that plays Edison cylinders)! Legacy of an unparalled collector who obviously took his hobby too far -- for our benefit! You'll dream about music boxes for weeks.
  • A great gift from a great heart. See this place because it's amazing.
  • Absolutely one of the most eclectic places I've ever visited. The music machines are just part of the whole experience.
  • Had a wonderful day at the museum. Our tour guide left nothing out and my whole group enjoyed the tour. Don't miss it. One of Pittsburgh's treasurers.