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“Flippin’ good fun”
Review of Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory
Ranked #41 of 185 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 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! The neighbourhood did get a bit sketchy as you get closer to the Mattress Factory, so perhaps don’t walk it at night.

This museum was between installations, so there were a few empty rooms. However, they did discount the admission price for this reason. And the museum is in more than one building, so be sure not skip anything.

During my visit in July, there was a floor with installations that required little or no light. It was fun trying to navigate through that floor! This one may not be good for people who get panicky in the dark.

And the mirrored, polka-dot mannequin room was a highlight.

The rules for picture-taking are not too stringent. You can take pictures in most areas, without the flash. [Unlike the Warhol museum, where you cannot take pictures anywhere except the lobby – where there’s nothing to see].

The gift shop was over-priced, not that this is surprising. A basic silk-screened t-shirt was $30. Come on!

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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 Kusamas polka dot infinity room. Some installations focus on the optic nerve : 3 permenant James Turrell installations. The outdoor garden is like a archeological excavation and I love the chair in the grass. I take a picture every time I visit. This museum became a revival for the Northwide neighborhood and continues to bring in extreme contemporary artists that create dialogue among viewers. Staff is very helpful. It is located in an old manufacuturing warehouse and There is no heat or AC so be prepared. Make time to visit the second 3 story space down the street. Open your mind to a new experience and you will have fun at the Mattresss Factory!

Thank EricaDH
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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.

Thank James A
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

I went here for a second time in May after visiting last year because I had gone without my daughter the first time and thought that she definitely needed to visit the Mattress Factory. It is full of very unique installation art. Every floor that you visit contains several different installation pieces. The part of it I loved the most was that it takes art of the canvas as it is usually presented and challenges the way in which you see art. Located in a quiet neighbourhood in Pittsburgh in a maze of narrow one-way streets it is definitely worth finding. We also got to see the second building with a three-floor installation by the same artist where it was all done with string like spiderwebs.

If you are interested in innovative art, I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank wordsfromagirl
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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!

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