The Mattress Factory provides one of the most unique and intriguing artistic experiences in the city. It is a museum of contemporary installation art that provides visitors with art they can really get into, literally. Featured artists create room-sized environments that constitute their incredible artwork. The Mattress Factory is located in the Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh's North Side and has resided there since 1977. It is one of few museums of its kind anywhere.
The installations are created on site by artists from across the country and around the world. The art found here engages all the senses creating a truly remarkable experience. The Museum's unusual galleries are located in two adapted and reused buildings just one block from one another. Both buildings house a growing distinctive permanent collection from artists such as James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Greer Lankton, Winifred Lutz, and Rolf Julius.
Since 1977, the Mattress Factory has supported more than 500 artists through their world-renowned residency program. Each year artists come to Pittsburgh, live at the museum, and create new work. During their time at the Mattress Factory, the museum supports them completely while they experiment, take risks, and explore the creative process.
The Mattress Factory is one of the coolest destinations to enjoy in the city. The installations are quirky, engaging, and thought-provoking. The Factory is the perfect place to go either by oneself on a personal exploration, or with a group of friends to observe the art and make sense of it through a collaborative effort.
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