Eric Carle Museum Of Picture Book Art
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.
The museum is worth a visit if you're an adult interested in artwork, as the main studio displaying different pieces of artists work isn't very appealing to younger children. There IS an art studio with staff aimed towards children to create different art projects, and a large room with children's books for reading to your children, though I wouldn't consider either activities enough to justify the price of admission.
We did not visit the actual museum, but we did visit the gift store to buy some nice things for the little ones before Christmas. I could not recommend enough. They have the sweetest things to buy that are linked to children's books. As well as a great selection of children's books. The staff were more than happy to help us out.
Really cute place to bring kids for a couple hours of fun. They have free coffee for adults which is a huge plus. A little art studio for kids to paint. A nice size library. Definitely recommend going if you haven't been. It is kind of small but it's worth it.
My son loved visiting this museum. The Hungry Caterpillar book literally came to life for him here. He got to touch a real cacoon and see live caterpillars. Love it!
Wonderful family museum visit. Don't miss the hands on art room.