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Bayernhof Museum

225 Saint Charles Pl, O'Hara Township, PA 15215-1463
+1 412-782-4231
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An unusual piece of history and well worth the visit

If you thought visiting a mansion with mechanical music machines has limited interest- think again... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Baltimore-Washington, DC
Well worth the visit!

This museum has tours by appointment only, is a bit difficult to find, and requires cash payment... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stow, OH
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225 Saint Charles Pl, O'Hara Township, PA 15215-1463
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 and whimsy of its creator Charlie Brown ( no relation to the comic strip...More

Thank lvjmr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 an engaging and memorable visit as he weaves intriguing stories and...More

Thank LI_NYtoOH
Reviewed 8 June 2017

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 were magnificent. Jim Mousseau, the curator, did...More

Thank ready2travel2
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

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 imagine the cost of upkeep. It's a fun place to visit, we...More

Thank fredraymond522
Reviewed 16 December 2016

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 aattraction!

4  Thank Patty L
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

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 and hearing many small and large classic and unique music playing machines, of...More

1  Thank Gotbookscat
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Situated high on a hill overlooking the Pittsburgh Zoo, this mansion is filled with interesting musical machines. Every room has unique music boxes that still play, as well as fantastic views of Pittsburgh out the glass walls in the back of the house. Just when...More

1  Thank Laura A
Reviewed 25 September 2016

I visited the Bayernhof with 4 friends- one was my age (60+) and the others were all under 30. We all have an interest in history/architecture/music. Everyone enjoyed the entire experience- there's nothing else like it in Pittsburgh (or anywhere else!). You do have to...More

1  Thank birvin3883
Reviewed 20 September 2016

First, let's start off with some pertinent information. The tour takes approximately 2 hours, maybe a bit more. You NEED to reserve a spot ahead of time. You pay $10 at the END of the tour. It's a twisty, lots-of-turns drive to get there (GPS...More

Thank jahhp
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Atop a high cliff with a breath-taking view overlooking the greater Pittsburgh area, the mansion reveals few of its surprises from the outside. Built by Charles Brown, a delightfully eccentric millionaire in the 1980's who employed not an architect, but an imaginative young teenager to...More

Thank jozalerie1
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Diane H
20 February 2017|
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Response from birvin3883 | Reviewed this property |
Must call and schedule tours in advance fyi.
Bill B
6 April 2015|
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Response from tinky1242013 | Reviewed this property |
It's 10 dollars and well worth it.