United States

500 Sampsonia Way
Phone: 412-231-3169
Fax: 412-322-2231
Website: www.mattress.org

Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is a research and development lab for artists. As a museum of contemporary art, it commissions site-specific works, presents them to the widest possible audience and maintains selected individual installations in a growing-and distinctive-permanent collection. The Mattress Factory's physical and organizational environments have developed out of and responded to a central focus in the creative process.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

There are 16 permanent installations on continuous display, including important works by James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Greer Lankton, Bill Woodrow and Rolf Julius.


Current exhibitions:

Double Consciousness
April 15, 2007-June 24, 2007
By guest curator Vicky Clark
Featuring work by South Asian artists living in the United States and Canada-Shelly Bahl, Allan deSouza, Sarika Goulatia, samina Mansuri, Annu Palakunnuthu Matthew, Sumakshi Singh, Saira Wasim and Zarina.

India: New Installations
April 15, 2007-November 25, 2007
Featuring new installations created on-site in the Museum's galleries by four artists from India-Mansi Bhatt, Krishnaraj Chonat, Navin Thomas and Sudarshan Shetty.

Previous Exhibitions

Previous exhibitions have featured Ann Reichlin,James Turrell,Rolf Julius,Kiki Smith,Yayoi Kusama,Greer Lankton, Tracey Emin,Damien Hirst,Winnifred Lutz,John Cage,Ann Hamilton,Christian Boltanski,Jessica Stockholder,Charles Ray,Krzysztof Wodiczko,andVito Acconci.

The Mattress Factory also has had special exhibitions focusing on artists from Cuba, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.

In 2000-2001 the MF exhibited Visual Sound, an exhibition of artists working with sound in art, and in 2002-2003 the Museum hosted the retrospective James Turrell: Into the Light

Forthcoming exhibitions

India: New Installations, Part II
September 9, 2007-January 20, 2008
The second part of India: New Installations will feature new installations created on-site in the Museum's galleries by Anita Dube, Subodh Gupta, Raqs Media Collective and Hema Upadhyay.



Adults $9.00

Students $6.00

Seniors $7.00

Opening hours

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 1 - 5 PM

Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Getting there

The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way.

The Museum parking lot is located at 505 Jacksonia Street.

The Museum is accessible by public transportation; please visit www.portauthority.org.


500 Sampsonia Way is handicap accessible; 1414 Monterey is not as of yet.

There are restrooms located in both buildings.

The Mattress Factory Shop and Cafe are located in the lobby at 500 Sampsonia Way

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The Mattress Factory is a catalyst for connecting viewers to the creative practice of living artists and to the ideas and cultural expressions of our time. During its innovative 30-year history, the Mattress Factory has provided museum visitors with new ways for thinking about and experiencing art.


At the Mattress Factory children and teens have many opportunities to get involved in our one of a kind education programs-ARTLab, Factory 14s,Community ARTLab and YouthWorks.


A Mattress Factory membership is an exciting tie to the contemporary art world, providing opportunities to meet the artists and staff that make the projects happen!

Become a Mattress Factory member and experience the museum in the best way possible. Members enjoy free admission for one year, invitations to exhibition previews, and a generous discount in our museum shop as well as discounts at local restaurants, shops and cultural attractions.

By purchasing a Mattress Factory membership, you are directly contributing to the museums mission-by supporting the exhibitions and programs that our visitors so highly value.


The Mattress Factory depends on contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies to fund its exhibitions, education and outreach programs.

Gifts can be made by contacting the Development Office at 412.231.3169