The Mattress Factory Museum

Central Northside

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Art museum houses contemporary installation art, which are room-sized works that immerse all who enter

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  • $15 for admission for two (up to a $30 value)
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Current exhibitions include Feminist and …, a group show of six female artists from North America, Europe, and the Middle East (until Sunday, May 26), as well as ongoing displays by Rose Clancy and Sarah Oppenheimer. Children aged 6 or younger receive free admission, as do students from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Point Park University.

Mattress Factory

Museums typically showcase art in carefully curated rooms. At Mattress Factory, however, the room itself is the art. Since 1977, the museum's two buildings have housed a permanent collection of contemporary installation art—room-sized works that engulf the entire space. In Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, mirrored ceilings and walls infinitely reflect a trio of fluorescent dots painted on a white formica floor. In Greer Lankton's It's all about ME, Not You, astroturf lines a floor covered in artful arrangements of grotesque dolls that form shrines to artists such as Patti Smith and Candy Darling.

To further immerse guests, Mattress Factory's exhibitions are paired with educational programs that range from lectures to hands-on art projects. Along with stimulating the public, the museum stimulates the growth of artists through its residency program, which invites participants to create installations while living near the museum, a much more practical alternative to hiding a secret cot in the coatroom.

Customer Reviews

Great variety. Truly, a well-done, well-composed way to experience art. Try to avoid going at busy times of day...there were lots of children and people in general when I visited, which took a bit away from the experience. Otherwise, it was great!
Gretchen H. · March 15, 2015
Not your average museum. Full of amazing visionary art exhibits. Go with an open mind and be ready to have fun!
Jessica H. · September 15, 2014
I had a lot of fun. Thank you.
Cathie B. · July 15, 2013

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