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Mattress Factory

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Address: 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone Number: 412-231-3169
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This place is definitely a place you should go if your visiting Pittsburgh even if your not interested in contemporary art. We went with my eight year old. The whole way there he... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This place is definitely a place you should go if your visiting Pittsburgh even if your not interested in contemporary art. We went with my eight year old. The whole way there he was complaining about not wanting to go. But he ended up liking it once we got there. If you go I recommend visiting the dark room exhibit.... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

If you're into modern art or post-modern art, then this is a great place to visit. There are two art installations by Yayoi Kusama, and plenty of interesting temporary exhibitions. It's in a cute, interesting neighborhood, as well. Nice place to spend an afternoon if you live in Pittsburgh. It's a bit pricey, but it's worth visiting at least once.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you're a first time visitor, try to see it all (and don't spoil any surprises!). The main gallery is floor after floor of what is essentially a modern, adult playland. On our visit, there was a circus exhibit on the top floor (so. much. fun.), a great hall-of-mirrors like Kusama exhibit below, and a complete mind-blower on the 2nd... More 

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Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

"Modern Art" has been growing on me, and I like different experiences, so when my friend suggested a day trip to Pittsburgh, this was high on my list of must-dos. We were actually too scared for the dark room installation, but still got our money's worth. There's a lot to explore and the museum provides very accessible educational blurbs on... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The Mattress Factory Museum (so named because the main building -- they are four scattered around in a one block area -- used to be a mattress factory) has installations of fabulous, present day art if you are willing to suspend your preconceptions of what is typically called art. In various rooms are installations of things that you walk through... More 

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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

One in our family of 8 wanted to go to the Mattress factory and we agreed, not so enthusiastically, to all go. It was a highlight of our trip! All 5 of the teens thought it was so cool and it was the only time everyone liked the same thing! The kids had limited knowledge of modern art and had... More 

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Concord, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Oh wow, do not waste your time unless you're a huge modern art fan. The whole second floor was just a dark room that you're supposed to sit in. There was also a "slide" that started on one level, went through the floor to the other level and then went out the window. I don't get how this is art.

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Toronto, Canada
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273 reviews 273 reviews
207 attraction reviews
478 helpful votes 478 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I’ve always enjoyed modern art displays, and this was no exception. You can pair a visit here the same day you go to the Andy Warhol museum, as they’re in the same vicinity. We walked to both of them from downtown Pittsburgh, which is very manageable and pleasant. You get to walk the Andy Warhol bridge on the way there!... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is the only Insallation Art Museum in the US. It is thought provoking and pushes the limits of self expression and the creative sprit of the artist vs the important of aesthetics. ( ie some of the artwork is about the creative process and/or your experience with the art-Not just what it looks like) Some installations are fun: Yayoi... More 

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Smethport, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Don't listen to the negative reviews. My family absolutely loved this museum, and I have three teenagers! I have been to many museums but nothing even remotely like the Mattress Factory. Their art is so unique and different and thought provoking. The only thing I would say is that it is not the best place to take small children.

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