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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  • The Mattress Factory has something for everyone. There are many shifting displays that cover all aspects of contemporary art. It's a real experience going from room to room and making lots of exciting...  more »
  • I know the name probably puts people off, as it has nothing to do with mattresses other than the old building. It is a museum for installation art. cost $20 for entrance, which I thought was a little ...  more »
  • Fabulous exhibits. Visiting with friends from New York and Savannah. They LOVED the exhibits. Everyone commented on the rude staff (even the New Yorkers!) From not answering questions, to eye rolling ...  more »
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  • Far out contemporary art. Ranges from "super cool" to "what the heck?" Whether you like it or not will depend on your enjoyment of wildly experimental 21st century artists. I would not take young children who want to touch things. Main building is handicapped accessible, but the other two buildings are not (stairs and narrow spaces). Nice cafe with healthy and delicious light food.
  • A real Pittsburgh treasure for those interested in the arts. Contemporary art can be a bit more "challenging" than work found at the Carnegie, so prepare for a different (but equally formal) gallery experience. Half-price Tuesdays are a great deal if you can swing it.
  • I loved this multiple building offering. You will need to do a wee bit of stair climbing but the elevator gets you most of the way and there are separate buildings that make up the location. Very cool pieces when I was there. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is okay with moving from building to building.
  • Probably not for everyone's tastes but it's a great museum with some modern leaning work that will challenge your definitions
  • I really enjoy this museum! There are actually 3 different buildings to Mattress Factory. The art work is very interesting & different. If you're open-minded about art then you will appreciate your visit here.

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