Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory Museum
November 25
11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Grab the entire family for a day of art adventuring and creative exploration at a one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh museum.

Free with museum admission, the annual Mattress Factory Family Day invites kids of all ages to participate in hands-on art activities, step into room-sized installations and make cool stuff together.

This year’s activities are inspired by the Mattress Factory’s current special exhibitions and permanent collection, including artwork featured in Factory Installed @ 1414 Monterey Street: Bowen, Clancy, Judge, Kalman; Factory Installed @ 500 Sampsonia Way: Bram, Masch, Meerdo, Musallam; A Second Home by Dennis Maher and others.

Once there you’ll find a variety of materials to to tape together into a piece inspired by the architectural installations of Australian artist Stephen Bram, who’s known for abstract artwork and large-scale constructions.

Walk through Dennis Maher’s row house at 516 Sampsonia Way—which is packed with salvaged materials, architectural models, video projections and more—and then create your own magical miniature worlds and imaginative dwellings to take home.

Next, explore the properties of light as you collaborate on a glow stick skyline in honor of German artist Hans Peter Kuhn, and then make nature-themed, gold leaf  prints inspired by Lauren Kalman’s new installation, But if the Crime is Beautiful . . . (Strangers to the Garden).

Warm up with a custom beverage at the event’s hot chocolate bar, groove to global tunes by Pittsburgh-based DJ Dave Zak and have your face festively painted by the artist Rikki.

Open to all ages with something for everyone, this artsy happening provides an informal way for families and community members to engage with cutting-edge works made by artists from around the world.

All of the museum’s galleries are located on Sampsonia Way, and Monterey Street will be open during the event.

Looking for more events? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November, 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this November and Top Pittsburgh Concerts in November feature stories.

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...