Schools + Teachers


The Mattress Factory School and Teacher Programs are designed to support critical and flexible thinking. The programs developed by the Education Department compliment the Mattress Factory's mission to serve as an experimental lab for artists to try new materials, explore new spaces, and to take risks. Students and teachers are invited to explore and experiment in order to better understand the challenges and rewards of the artistic process.


The 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. Museum Educators promote open-ended discussion and reflection, making connections between art and the everyday.


Schools wishing to tailor a Mattress Factory art experience to align with specific curriculum are encouraged to email or call the Education Department directly at 412.231.3169. Together we can design further learning opportunities.








Led by a Museum Educator, the GUIDED TOUR is an informative and interactive visit through the foremost museum of installation art in the United States.


The GUIDED TOUR is 90-minutes long, for up to 60 guests. $14 per adult, $10 per student or senior [62+].



We have big ideas for small people! The MINI TOUR is designed especially for preschool and kindergarten aged children. Museum Educators lead children on an interactive, guided tour of the museum and participants participate in small activities in the museum's galleries. All materials are provided.


The MINI TOUR is 1 hour long and is recommended for children ages 3-6, for up to 40 guests. $10 per student.


Looking for more early childhood programming? Visit our Mini-Factory page for more details.



Explore the Mattress Factory through a creative lens! Each student is invited to respond to writing prompts and sketching opportunities during a guided tour through the museum’s galleries. Each student receives a hand­made Mattress Factory journal for use during the SKETCHBOOK TOUR. Writing and drawing utensils are provided.


The SKETCHBOOK TOUR is 2 hours long and is recommended for students in grades 3-12, for up to 60 guests. $12 per student.


Example SKETCHBOOK TOUR topics include:

  • Details
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Character + Story



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 and to eat in the museum’s garden or lobby space. Students then engage in an hour­-long art activity in the museum’s education studio. All materials are provided.


The INSTALLATION LAB visit is 3 hours long and is recommended for grades 1-12, for up to 40 guests. $15 per student.


Example INSTALLATION LAB projects include:

  • Mystery Material Showdown
  • Creature Creation
  • Imagined Landscapes



Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. For student groups under the age of 18, one chaperone [admitted FREE] is required for every 10 students.


All groups that are not affiliated with a K­-12 school will be asked to pay a deposit of $50 at the time of booking. The remainder of your balance may be paid when you arrive for your visit. Group rates must be paid in one payment. The museum cannot accept individual payments for each participant at the group rate. If you would like to pay individually, you will not be eligible for the group rate.


Tours are available Tuesday-Saturday between 10am-5pm and Sunday between 1-5:00pm. Please note the museum is closed on Mondays. Guided tours cannot be given to groups without reservations. Groups arriving unannounced may be refused admission and will not be eligible for the group rate.


Special discounts are available for Pittsburgh Public School student groups! Contact the Mattress Factory Education Department or 412.231.3169 for more information.




The museum’s galleries at 500 Sampsonia Way are wheelchair accessible. The galleries at 516 Sampsonia Way and 1414 Monterey Street are not wheelchair accessible beyond the first floor. Please notify the Education Department in advance of your visit to inform us of any special needs so that we can properly accommodate your visit. For more information, visit the Accessibility page.