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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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  • I was hesitant to go, thinking, "How exciting can a music museum be?" I have to admit I was completely wrong. I absolutely loved it and have been telling all my friends about it. The house and tour we...  more »
  • It's definitely a quirky place. Mr. Brown was a very eccentric man with a lot of disposable income. The music boxes and instruments are really incredible especially the player ones. I can't even imagi...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Wonderful tour with great guides. Have taken the tour twice myself. Every person I've taken has loved it. I would love to say more but saying too much spoils the tour.
  • What a wonderful, informative, historical tour. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
  • The music machines were completely unexpected, and the tour guide was so thorough, I was just in awe. A wonderful experience of seeing luxury
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  • 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.