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Museum Visit Program

151_5117The Mattress Factory offers guided group visits for all ages, backgrounds, and interests, with a variety of programs to choose from. During tours, trained Museum Educators encourage visitors to creatively observe their surroundings. Educators promote open-ended discussion and reflection, making connections between art and the everyday. By engaging in this dialogue, visitors can better understand the Mattress Factory's Artist-Residency program. Group visits provide a framework for observing, thinking about, and understanding the creative process that artists undertake to create new work and develop new practices at the Mattress Factory.

Schools wishing to tailor a Mattress Factory art experience to more specifically align with their curriculum are encouraged to call the Education Department directly. Together we can design further learning opportunities.

GROUP TOURS
Tuesday - Sundays, during museum hours.

$12 Adults
$9 Students + Seniors

A group is considered 10 people or more. For every 10 students, one chaperone is admitted at no charge.

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90-MINUTE GUIDED TOUR
K-12, college/university, and adult/community groups. (PA standards: 1.6, 9.1, 9.3, 9.4)

The Mattress Factory offers guided group visits for all ages, backgrounds, and interests. During tours, trained museum educators encourage visitors to creatively observe their surroundings. Educators promote open-ended discussion and reflection, making connections between art and life. Guided tours provide a framework for observing, thinking about, and understanding the creative process that artists undertake to create new work and develop new practices at the Mattress Factory. Groups of up to 60 people can be accommodated for the 90-minute tour.

Guided tours are available at the cost of general admission per person, for groups of 10 or more. We request that reservations be made at least three weeks in advance. Group Rates are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors. Group rates are available for any group of 10 or more people that books in advance. In order to schedule a Guided Tour with one of our exceptional Museum Educators, we request at least 3 weeks notice. Group rates must be paid with one payment. For more information or to make a reservation, call 412-231-3169.

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UNGUIDED GROUPS

An unguided group visit allows your group to explore the Mattress Factory at their leisure.

Group Rates are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors. Group rates are available for any group of 10 or more people that books at least a week in advance. Group rates must be paid with one payment. For more information or to make a reservation, call 412-231-3169.

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3-HOUR INSTALLATION LAB
K -12 school groups. (PA standards: 1.6, 9.1, 9.3, 9.4)

Museum Educators lead students on a guided tour of the museum, followed by a break. Students are welcome to bring sack lunches from school or home to eat in our garden or lobby space. Students then engage in an hour-long art activity in the museum's education studio.

$15 per student (museum educator fee included)
Click to learn more about installation labs.

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2-HOUR WRITING TOUR
Grades 3-12 (PA standards: 1.4, 1.6, 9.1, 9.3, 9.4)

Explore the Mattress Factory through the lens of a writer! Each student receives a blank book to fill as they respond to writing prompts and sketching opportunities during a guided tour through the museum's galleries.

$15 per student (museum educator fee included)

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SCHEDULING A VISIT
We request that reservations be made at least three weeks in advance. Tours last one and a half hours (three hours for Installation Labs) and are available Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00AM - 3:30PM and Sunday 1:00PM - 3:30PM. To schedule a tour contact the museum office at 412.231.3169. To schedule an Installation Lab, please contact the Education Department at 412-231-3169 or education@mattress.org. Guided tours cannot be given to groups without reservations. Groups arriving unannounced may be refused admission.

Groups of up to 60 people can be accommodated for the 90-minute tour. Up to 25 students can participate in the 3-hour Installation Lab. For students under the age of 18, one chaperone or teacher must accompany every group of 10 students.

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PARKING
Free parking is available in the Mattress Factory's parking lot for cars at 505 Jacksonia Street. Buses cannot be safely accommodated in the MF parking lot, therefore they are not permitted to park or pull into the lot. Please inform your bus driver that they may drop off visitors at the entrance to the lot and park on Jacksonia Street or other nearby streets. A map and directions are available here.

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ACCESSIBILITY
The Museum’s facilities at the main building, 500 Sampsonia Way, are wheelchair accessible. Our facilities at 1414 Monterey Street are not. Please notify us well in advance of your visit to inform us of any special needs individuals in your group may have so that we can properly accommodate your group.


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