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Mattress Factory

Key Info

500 Sampsonia Way

Price & Hours

$15 for adults
Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Immerse yourself in an unconventional art experience at Mattress Factory – a three-building museum on Pittsburgh's North Side featuring exhibits from both established and up-and-coming artists. Mattress Factory was established in 1977 and played a major role in bringing new energy and culture to the city's North Side, specifically to the historic Mexican War Streets neighborhood. The museum came to inhabit many previously abandoned buildings and, because it appeals to tourists, it has helped make the neighborhood a more attractive place to visit in Pittsburgh.

The museum specializes in contemporary installation art, and exhibits are specifically created for the space in which they're showcased. The displays will challenge everything you think you know about contemporary art with vibrant colors, visual illusions and thought-provoking themes. Everyone is encouraged to experience the art using all their senses, so visitors can feel free to walk around, examine and, in some cases, even touch the displays. "Perplexing," "mesmerizing" and "one of a kind" are just a few ways previous visitors described the eclectic exhibits. However, some warn the content is not always child-friendly, with some exhibits leaning toward risqué and macabre. While some exhibits are permanent, others rotate every so often to keep the museum fresh and to showcase a wider variety of artists' work. Some permanent crowd favorites are the Repetitive Vision exhibit and the Infinity Dots Mirror Room. 

Previous Mattress Factory patrons recommend leaving time to explore the surrounding neighborhood as well, because of its extensive history and Victorian architecture. Also, travelers were pleased to find Randyland, another popular and unique art experience, just a short walk away.  

Upon arrival at Mattress Factory, check in at the admission desk at 500 Sampsonia Way, then explore the other spaces across the various buildings. A general adult ticket is $15, but there are discounts available for students and seniors; children 6 and younger gain free admission. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. It's closed on Monday. Travelers can park for free in the museum lot. The museum has a cafe that serves drinks, snacks and sandwiches and is open daily from Wednesday to Sunday, to both museumgoers and the general public. A museum shop is available on-site as well. The main museum building is fully wheelchair accessible with some wheelchairs available at the front desk, but the other two buildings are only partially accessible because of their historic structure. For more details visit the museum website.

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