This contemporary art museum exhibits large-scale installation art that are created on-site by artists. The museum was established in 1977, and has expanded its reach since then by purchasing and renovating nine other buildings in Pittsburgh that have become artist residences, exhibition galleries, and an art garden. About 38,000 visitors come to the museum each year.
While the museum has rotating special exhibitions, it has 16 permanent exhibitions that are always on view. These include installation pieces by the artists James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Greer Lankton, Bill Woodrow and William Anastasi. Past special exhibitions have included work by sculptor Thaddeus Mosley; new installations of Indian art; and a group show of small, site-specific works.
The museum also has a Limited Artist Edition program, where artists can create smaller works based on large installations for public display that remain on view for a longer period of time. Artists have extended their installations by documenting the process with photographs, prints, and small objects.
The Mattress Factory Art Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Bus 16F from the Jacksonia St. at #322 or Jacksonia St. and Monterey St. stops is a 2-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays
- Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors, $7 students; Free for children (under 6), members, and CMU students; PITT students receive free admission during the Fall and Spring semesters
- Membership: $25 student, $30 senior, $70 individual, $125 household. Members receive free museum admission for one year; free admission to exhibition openings; a complimentary one-time admission for two guests; bi-monthly email newsletters; a 10% discount in the BoxSpring Café; a 10% discount in the MF Shop including online purchases; and discounted tickets to the Annual Urban Garden Party.