The Mattress Factory is a well-known museum of contemporary art that exhibits room- sized works, better known as installations. Most of the unique works are created by artists on site itself, coming down from all over the country and the world as well. The Museum’s affinity for exceptional and exclusive pieces of art has garnered a lot of media attention over the years.
The galleries of The Mattress Factory are located in three reused buildings in the North Side of Pittsburgh. The objective of the Mattress Factory is to have the visitor’s engage every sense of theirs while experiencing the artwork. Every exhibition also includes a range of educational programs, like hands on art projects, workshops, lectures & tours. The Mattress Factory urges all its visitors to discover the connections between creativity, art and everyday life.
- The buildings house a growing-and distinctive- permanent collection, including artists James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Greer Lankton, Winifred Lutz and Rolf Julius.
- Each year artists come to Pittsburgh, live at the museum, and create new work. During their time here, the museum supports them completely while they experiment, take risks, and explore the creative process.
The Mattress Factory is a treat for everyone, especially if you’re interested in the arts. At the very least, it provides a fresh break from the attractions tourists are used to.
Mattress Factory Travel Tips
- Check out the calendar on the website to find out which exhibitions are on when you’re in town.
Entrance Ticket Details For Mattress Factory
- Children under 6: Free.
How to Reach Mattress Factory
- Bus Nos: 56, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 48, 51, 51L, Y1, Y46, Y47, Y49, 13, 15, 16, 17 go to Mattress Factory on 500 Sampsonia Way.
- Coca At The Mattress Factory
- Monterey Pub
- Wilson’s Bar-B-Q
- Buena Vista Coffee
- Riggs Lounge & Restaurant
- Quik- it Chicken
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10.69% of people who visit Pittsburgh include Mattress Factory in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
83.1% of people start their Mattress Factory visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Mattress Factory
94.59% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Mattress Factory
Mattress Factory Reviews & Ratings
I had a good time. The art promoted thought. There's there buildings each with multiple levels of exhibits to explore. In building 1, if you take the stairs, you can get a nice view of Pittsburgh roof tops (I'm not from PA, so it was nice to see). There was an exhibit that included an option to crawl on the floor, if you choose to do so your shoes will get dirty, just an FYI. Overall, it was a great afternoon. Parents were with there children and the kids seemed to be enjoying themselves as well.
This was surprisingly wonderful. I went for my teenagers who are very much into art and had a great time myself. The exhibits in the main building were my favorite personally I enjoyed the interactive feel and play of light and sound. The folks there are all very kind and inviting as well. If it's your first time there and finding it via google maps, they have their own parking lot and parking is tough in the neighborhood otherwise. Totally worth the admission and your time
Such a unique experience of a museum, incredibly intimate and quiet. The cafe they have in the back is lovely, and the garden piece in the front is just wonderful. Definitely a great place to go for a date
I liked the exhibits and as a disclaimer I was able to get admission free because I'm a Carnegie Mellon Student. However, I felt that the museum would not have been the actual admission price - there aren't very many exhibits, and several that said they would be open in "early August" were still not open even though I visited this museum in September. The current exhibits and the rotating style of the museum are interesting, but I feel that the price doesn't accurately reflect the value of the experience here. It was still a nice outing and a unique museum! The cream cheese bagel in the cafe was also surprisingly good :)
Every room is an adventure for the senses. I love how space is interpreted, and often transformed. The staff has always been helpful in being able to make the most of each exhibit. It's an amazing resource. Reminds me of PS 101 from my old stomping grounds.