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 visiting Pittsburgh and my friend suggested the Bayernhof Museum. She mentioned it was a music box museum so I imagined small music boxes in an elegant old home. WOW! Words cannot describe this ...  more »
  • You need to call and make an appointment for a tour. A little bit of a drive outside the city but worth it. This is a tour of a mansion that is filled with eclectic items, most featured are music mach...  more »
  • 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 »
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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.

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