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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Past Exhibitions

Eric Carle

IN THE West Gallery

Brown Bear Turns 50

Published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? had an immediate appeal to children and adults alike. Bill Martin Jr’s rhythmic call-and-response text builds anticipation at each turn of the page, while Eric Carle’s bold graphics and parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bear has been translated into 31 languages—from Arabic to Vietnamese—and has sold 16 million copies. In addition to the original 1967 book, Carle re-illustrated editions in 1970, 1984, and 1992.

Artwork from every page of the famous book is on display, as well as a selection of Carle’s collages from additional collaborations with Martin. One of only two surviving collages from the 1967 edition—Brown Bear himself—has been faithfully restored and is on view for the first time.


This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation, with additional support from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

IN THE Offsite

Brown Bear Everywhere

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the picture book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of Amherst. This special pop-up exhibition, Brown Bear Everywhere, brings 14 high-quality reproductions of Carle’s original collage illustrations to some of Amherst’s popular restaurants, schools, and recreational sites. For more information, please visit

Support for Brown Bear Everywhere has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Illustration © 1992 by Eric Carle

IN THE West Gallery

The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek

Eric Carle has made many pieces of unforgettable art during a 50-year career that includes more than 70 books. Unbeknownst to most readers, however, Carle has left behind a trail of “Easter eggs” in his illustrations, and in doing so has created a subtext of secret allusions. He often hides “C” and “R” in his images, denoting the first letters of his children’s names. “A few times,” he says, “I have even incorporated the names of friends into my books; these names will be hard to find; they are camouflaged.”

This exhibition entices visitors to take a closer look at Carle’s art to uncover these hidden references. Flip labels reveal some of the people and places important to him.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

From the Collection: Dog Days

Artists and authors have long explored the special bond between humans and their canine companions. From the Collection: Dog Days features 16 ink and watercolor illustrations of man’s best friend, dating from the early 20th century to the present. The artists represented include Hilary Knight, Arnold Lobel, Barry Moser, William Steig, and Suzanne Suba, among others.


ERIC CARLE'S ANIMALS, ANIMALS copyright © 1989 by Eric Carle


I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle

April 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

“A boy has picked the flower to give to a friend” for The Tiny Seed [Picture Book Studio/Simon & Schuster]. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1987 Eric Carle.
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