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Mattress Factory

500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-231-3169
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Ranked #40 of 91 attractions in Pittsburgh
Type: Art Museums
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I have never been a fan of installation art but this place changed my opinion. The exhibits are well set up and give explanations that help the viewer to understand the intent of the artist. Really fun and interactive art. I will definitely be back!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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45 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We expected to spend a half hour but instead were there for two hours. The art was fascinating. Each installation was one-of-a-kind and each appealed to different perceptions –space, color, time. My husband’s favorite was an illusion created by red light being projected into a corner of a pitch black room. Mine was a fully mirrored room that played with... More

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Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The temporary exhibits at the Mattress Factory don't look like traditional art, but they make me think. The exhibits change, so there's always something new to see. The permanent exhibits, like Yayoi Kusama, are also fun.

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valparaiso, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

No matter your opinion of contemporary art, especially installation art, this is worth a visit. It's kicky, eccentric, and fun. Don't pass up a single room because each has something to offer, even if what's there is not appealing. The annex had an unexpectedly moving exhibit of yarn-festooned rooms setting off objects such as books, a wedding dress, a sewing... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Don't miss the headless statue garden next to the parking lot. All exhibits are constructed in the rooms of this re-purposed building. Some are too bizarre to explain. Don't miss the 2 other buildings they have around the block.

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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53 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The museum is just the right size to be able to see every exhibit and not get "museum feet." I'd skip the exhibit in the satellite building if you're allergic to dust or are in a hurry. You MUST consult the map given to you at the front desk to make sure you're not missing any of the exhibits; some... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Art is different in everyone eyes. This museum has a contrast of different modern art worth taking a trip to check it out. I've been to a lot of art museums and this is a unique museum that changes periodically.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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41 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The space is full of mind boggling works from contemporary artists. I could go back every month if I could! And to the person who said there is no heat, yes, expect it, there are works that connect the outside to the inside that are incredible! I'm happy that the people at the mattress factory do not waste energy on... More

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Cleveland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Not everything in this museum is great, but a few of the exhibits were stand-outs. I especially loved the film of the adult man floating in what looked like a womb. Very hypnotic and beautiful.

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Culpeper, Virginia, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

after paying the 40 bucks for 4 people.. the place was very cold.. we were told later by a docent that the facilty is NOT heated and has NO AC in the summer. made the visit very short and miserable. not a fan of this type of art.. but it was interesting if I could have stayed. Lunch in the... More

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