The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary installation art located in Pittsburgh. It presents art that visitors can walk into: room-sized environments created by in-residence artists. Since 1977, the Mattress Factory has supported more than 600 artists through its world-renowned residency program. Each year, artists come to Pittsburgh, live at the museum and create new work. The museum supports them completely while they experiment and explore the creative process.
The Mattress Factory has grown organically within an urban neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, acquiring nine non-contributing properties and converting them to galleries, artist residences, administrative spaces and education-program spaces. The late-19th-century character of each building is preserved, and the rehabbed spaces provide engaging sites for artist and educational programs, as well as community meetings and events.