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Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a true gem in the city and I highly recommend a visit if you enjoy installation art. There are four floors in the main building with two or three visual installations on each which we visited,...  read more »
  • There are couple of art illusions but not so great. Many things are not explained clearly and you just wonder why it is there. 
  • Great buildings, and large installations, just feels full very quickly as it doesn't really work with other visitors nearby in the room. Just one very slow elevator. Don't forget to check out the seco...  read more »
  • Seems over priced. Full price despite only two of the three buildings were open. Waiting for the elevator took a long time, would be helpful if stairs were open. A few exhibits were interesting, but seemed to be lacking in overall quantity for the square footage of the place.
  • The art here is so breathtaking! It's a great atteaction! As an artist myself, I found it rather eerie, but awe inspiring.
  • All I have to say is WOW. I do not consider myself artsy, or even very cultural for that matter. This place brings a modern touch to what art is, and I can guarantee that you will be impressed with at least 2 of the pieces.
  • Very cool museum for those interested in avant garde works.
  • Always changing, intriguing and exciting artwork. Local and international artists come together in this historic pittsburgh neighborhood.
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