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Eric Carle Museum Of Picture Book Art

125 West Bay Road


The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading in young children through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.


Jesse Conti

Saturday, June 9, 2018
My wife and I toured the museum on a weekend away from our toddler, and I spent the whole time wishing she could have been with us. And that's not because the museum or it's exhibits were juvenile. Instead, everything was so well done and I was enjoying myself so much that I wished I had the opportunity to share it with her. If you have a child you loves to read, go and spend hour reading and celebrating children's literature. If you find children's literature illustrations as beautiful and inspiring as I do, then it's worth your time to visit and more.

Rachel Bruce

Monday, June 11, 2018
Really nice day out with the family. Wish it had a few more exhibits but for a 15 month old it was just right. The exhibits were hands in as very cute and there was a craft room to make your own souvenir. Definitely plan to go back again at some point.

Joe Hardie

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Great museum for kids. The staff here is really friendly. They have a daily craft that the kids get to do, and they switch out the exhibits. There is also a library chuck full of kids books for some bonding reading time with your child. They have a small cafeteria for a snack. You bring that yourself or use their self help snack vending machines. They offer complimentary coffee, that's first come first serve. Its decent coffee that helps you keep up with the kiddos. There is a nice lawn area with outdoor seating and a red elephant for the kids to run around too halfway through the day .

Jack Rusley

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Hidden gem. Fun without kids probably, but my 2 and 4 year old were extremely pumped. Nice little cafe area with healthy vending machine and legit coffee for free! Highlight was art zone where you and kids can paint/draw with help of staff, very well organized. Can't wait to go back!

Tya Buie

Sunday, March 11, 2018
If you have any sort of imagination you'll enjoy The Carle! Have a couple of hours? This museum is family friendly, not overwhelming, and easily manageble. There's something for everyone: the artist, shopper, reader, historian.... keep an eye on their event calender for exciting author meet and greets.

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