Trip Planner:   USA  /  Pennsylvania  /  O'Hara Township  /  Museums  /  Bayernhof Museum

Bayernhof Museum, O'Hara Township

4.8
#88 of 208 in Museums in Pennsylvania
Specialty Museum Museum
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.
Plan your visit to Bayernhof Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our O'Hara Township itinerary planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Bayernhof Museum
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
96 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • If you thought visiting a mansion with mechanical music machines has limited interest- think again. You will be fascinated by the history of this unique place. This mansion reflects the eccentricity a...  more »
  • This museum has tours by appointment only, is a bit difficult to find, and requires cash payment. However, if you can get past the "inconvenience", the time is well spent. Jim, the Curator, provides a...  more »
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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
  • Great flea market
  • 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.

Plan your trip to O'Hara Township

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in O'Hara Township

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Pennsylvania by other users

10 days in Philadelphia BY A USER FROM CYPRUS January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Philadelphia BY A USER FROM ROMANIA September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Pennsylvania BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Gettysburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Gettysburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in United States, Jasper National Park & Banff National Park BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Mount Jewett BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Harrisburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Gettysburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Hershey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Pittsburgh BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans