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“un-Freaking-believably COOL!”
Review of Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory
Ranked #44 of 192 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in 1977, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. All the works at the Mattress Factory are conceived in the space you view them in. The museum consists of three buildings in the historic Mexican War Streets. Please visit the main building at 500 Sampsonia Way (set your GPS to 505 Jacksonia Street to find our parking lot) to visit the Admissions Desk before you begin your visit. The MF Café offers delicious fare from Coca Cafe in Lawrenceville. The MF Shop is open during normal museum hours. Museum admission is not required to shop or dine!
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This place was one of the coollest and most interesting museums I have ever been too. It has been around for decades and is 4 (5?) floors of installation art with another 3 floor building down the street. It is odd and strange and through provoking. We got lost in the different exhibits for hours. This is a must see in Pittsburgh. Incredibly fascinating and fun!

2  Thank Molly M
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Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

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!

1  Thank Maria N
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

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 dots. Lots of others were also captivating --sitting in the totally black room, each of us had different sensations and observations.

We enjoyed every minute of the Mattress Factory, even the light lunch in their café.

If you’ve never seen hundreds of images of yourself at the same time or experienced total darkness and how that plays with your perceptions, and other visually fascinating art, this is the place for you. It might be called The Mattress Factory but I promise you won’t fall asleep there (and, don’t worry -- the images wont keep you awake at night.

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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.

1  Thank Bonita3400
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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 machine. I know, it sounds kookey but it was our favorite in this repurposed --what else-- mattress factory. The garden with discarded bits around and a ruined foundation sets one up nicely for what is inside. The basement had the most amazing huge room dedicated to the various kinds of things worshipped in religions around the world. At the rear were life-sized statues from a Christian theme park, forming the "audience". Talk about thought provoking! Get a map and by all means, speak with the attendants. Don't miss the small shop which has some great cards you won't find elsewhere. And then there is the Box Spring Cafe. The food is delicious and different, as you would expect.

1  Thank hurdlehouse
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