Courtesy of the Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory Museum

November 27
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Give thanks for creativity, experience art you can get into (literally!) and make cool stuff together this holiday weekend.

Courtesy of the Mattress Factory
Courtesy of the Mattress Factory

If you’re craving an alternative to dreaded “Black Friday,” skip the insufferable lines and instead, grab the entire family and enjoy a day of art adventuring at the Mattress Factory Family Day.

Free with museum admission, the festive celebration invites kids of all ages to participate in hands-on art and kinetic activities and step into room-sized installations at this one-of-a-kind cultural destination—in a way that won’t break your budget.

Have your face painted by artist Rikki, construct intricate patterned spheres and design your very own museum creatures! Next, weave a giant collaborative string installation, share your favorite Pittsburgh landmark and experiment with light in the museum’s Mini-Factory.

Courtesy of the Mattress Factory
Courtesy of the Mattress Factory

Join the fun during an immersive scavenger hunt throughout the Mattress Factory’s three Mexican War Streets buildings to discover world-renowned collections of interactive multi-sensory art on each floor and around every corner—including the Factory Installed group exhibition, Chiharu Shiota’s Trace of Memory and permanent collection works by James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Rolf Julius and many others.

Need a snack break? Warm up and sip some seasonal goodness at the event’s special Hot Chocolate Bar.

Looking for unique holiday gifts and stocking stuffers? Head to the MF Shop to score one-of-a-kind designs, shop local and support independent artists and small businesses.

The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way on the North Side. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at 505 Jacksonia Street and on surrounding streets.

Looking for more events? Read our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November feature.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.