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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

Visit the carle

The Butterfly by Eric Carle


Group Tours

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art invites guests to explore the art of the picture book through rotating exhibitions in the Museum’s three Galleries, our Art Studio, and our Reading Library. All exhibitions are designed to underscore the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form. Guests can choose either Guided or Self-Guided Group Tours.

Guided Programs

During Guided Programs, a Museum educator gives a brief museum orientation followed by both Gallery and Studio experiences, each 30 – 40 minutes in length depending on the age of the participants.

For Youth and Students

The Carle’s mission is to meet the educational needs of all groups. Our programs are designed to support the Core Curriculum and Standards for art education, focusing on careful observation, critical thinking, and discussion. For more details, including reservations and pricing, see Guided Programs for Youth & Students.

If the cost of a bus prohibits your group from visiting The Carle consider a Big Yellow School Bus Grant (Massachusetts schools only).

For Adults

Adults eager to enhance their group’s visit should consider a guided tour. These educator-led tours highlight the work in the exhibition of your choice, allow time to browse the other galleries, and include time spent in the Art Studio exploring the creative process. For more details, including reservations and pricing, see Guided Programs for Adults.

The Carle also offers workshops and training for educators throughout the year. For more information about upcoming opportunities see Programs for Adults & Educators.

Self-Guided Programs

Self-guided groups will be met by a Museum educator and given a brief orientation, followed by an opportunity to visit the Museum’s Galleries, Art Studio, and Reading Library. We encourage those organizing a self-guided program to be familiar enough with the Museum to provide a context for the visit. For more information and to reserve your group visit, see Self-Guided Programs.

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