The Bayernhof Museum is housed in the 19,000 square foot home of the late Charles B. Brown III. Brown’s home features his collection of music boxes and automatic musical instruments, including the “monkey” organ, carousel organs, a small roll-played toy saxophone, the Seeburg Pipe Organ Orchestra, the Wurlitzer Style A Automatic Harp, the Encore Automatic banjo, 3 reproducing vacuums, bird boxes, a phonograph, and a multi-phone.
Charles B. Brown III was the founder and CEO of Gas Lite manufacturing
until his death in 1999. He developed a
passion for antique, automatic musical instruments and amassed an extensive
collection that he wanted to share with others, requesting that the collection
be displayed in his home. As a result,
visitors get to see Brown’s collection, which is featured in all the rooms of
the home, and a beautiful, unique home that is laced with hidden doors and
Construction on the German-style Bayernhof began in 1976 and wasn't finished until 1982. It sits on an 18-acre site that provides picturesque views of the Allegheny River and first opened as a museum in 2004. This unique, or eccentric mansion includes a rooftop observatory complete with its own retractable roof, 10 fireplaces, 8 full baths, 21 wet bars (to include one in each bedroom), and a fully restored copper still.
However, the mansion's most unique, or eccentric feature are its secret passages. One is hidden behind a mirror in one of the bathrooms, while another, known as The Cave (I'm Batman) includes a faux cave complete with faux stalagmites and stalactites, and small waterfalls and pools. It runs from the mansion's lower level and takes one to the indoor pool/grotto area that features a 10-foot waterfall.