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Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

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The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists from around the world. Located in the Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s Central Northside since 1977, the Mattress Factory is host to 75,000 visitors per year.HistoryIn 1975, artist and Mattress Factory founder Barbara Luderowski purchased a former Stearns & Foster mattress warehouse at 500 Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh’s Central Northside. Originally, she used the warehouse as a space to live, work and build a community of artists and intellectuals. The community grew and in 1977--after two years of hosting art exhibits and a small food co-op--the Mattress Factory was established as a legal non-profit educational and cultural corporation. Its first exhibition of installation art opened five years later on May 8, 1982, and the museum has since grown to be an integral part of the Pittsburgh arts community, known for its artist residency program, educational programming, and unique exhibitions. In 2008 then-Curator of Exhibitions Michael Olijnyk joined Luderowski in leading the museum as Co-Director.Over the years the Mattress Factory has acquired more properties for various purposes, including: 1414 Monterey Street, which became a new gallery spaceTwo buildings on North Taylor Street that became artist residences505 Jacksonia Street, which is now used as a parking lot for museum visitors, and the adjacent lot, which now houses Winifred Lutz's Garden Installation, 1993516 Sampsonia Way, which opened as gallery space in Fall 2013
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  • Like any installation art, some spoke to me, but a lot of it did not. A three-storey rowhome packed full of crap belongs on Hoarders, in my opinion, not a cultural tour. The main building contained in...  more »
  • I liked this art museum so much last summer when I took my 16 year old daughter and her friend, I brought my husband this year. This is simply a unique, outside the box collection of contemporary art ...  more »
  • The museum was fun, but seemed small. We went on a Tuesday, so it was half price and they also offer a student discount. All in all, the museum was thought provoking and the dark floor was definitely ...  more »
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  • Great if you are into art. Is compromised of 3 buildings all within a block of each other. No street crossing required. Nice staff. Cute coffee shop inside main building. Two gift shops.
  • It was interesting for sure. There were some weird exhibits, but overall it was very intriguing. You should definitely visit if you're in the area- it's near RandyLand.
  • Amazing exhibits. The experience is much better if you go during the week (not on a weekend/holiday).
  • Awesome museum featuring mainly installation art and emersive/interactive art. Small staff, friendly and knowledgable. Great community outreach and engagment. Education programs. Non-profit.
  • Wonderful art installations on a funky exciting set of old buildings. There was new excitement around every turn.

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