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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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Traveling Exhibitions

Since its inception in 2002, The Carle has traveled dozens of picture-book exhibitions to museums nationally and abroad. Our partners include the Contemporary Jewish Museum (California); the Figge Art Museum (Iowa); the High Museum of Art (Georgia); the Katonah Museum of Art (New York); the Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Massachusetts); the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Texas); the New-York Historical Society (New York); the Society of Illustrators (New York); and the Tacoma Art Museum (Washington). If you are interested in borrowing an exhibition, please see Book an Exhibition

The Carle on the Road

Below are current traveling exhibitions.

100 Years of Iconic Images from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

February 7, 2014 – June 23, 2018

Seongnam Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea


Arnold Lobel, Frog fiddling in a meadow of clover. Gift of Justin G. Schiller. © 1967 Arnold Lobel.

The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children’s Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems

February 7, 2014 – June 23, 2018

Seongnam Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea

Mo Willems, “You haven’t yawn heard the yaaaawn last of me!” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! [Hyperion Books for Children]. Collection of the artist. © 2006 Mo Willems.

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

This exhibition is co-organized by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Fall 2015: Magic House, Saint Louis, MO
Spring 2016: Minnesota Children’s Museum, Saint Paul, MN
Summer 2016: Midland Public Library, Midland, TX
Fall 2016: Portland Children’s Museum, Portland, OR
Spring 2017: Discovery Cube, Orange County, Santa Ana, CA
Summer 2017: Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN
Fall 2017: Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago, IL
Spring 2018: Discovery Cube, LA, Los Angeles, CA
Summer 2018: Family Museum, Bettendorf, IA
Fall 2018: Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson, MS
Summer 2019: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA


Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan

April 1, 2017 - January 21, 2018

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA


Ashley Bryan, Endpapers from Beautiful Blackbird [Atheneum Books for Young Readers]. Collection of The Ashley Bryan Center. © 2003 Ashley Bryan.

The Art of Eric Carle

April 22 – June 25, 2017: Setagaya Art Museum, Japan
July 28 – August 27, 2017: Kyoto Eki Museum, Japan
October 28 - December 10, 2017: Iwate Prefectural Museum, Japan
February 10 - March 5, 2018: Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japan
Summer 2018: Iwaki City Art Museum, Japan


Eric Carle, Final illustration for The Very Quiet Cricket [Philomel Books]. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1990 Eric Carle.

Book an Exhibition

The Carle organizes numerous picture book art exhibitions, drawing from both loans and from our growing permanent collection. We are committed to sharing them. Since our exhibitions feature works on paper, which have strict conservation requirements, we can offer only limited tours.

We receive frequent inquiries about borrowing exhibitions and individual objects. To facilitate the process, we hope the information below will provide helpful information about our loan policy and review process.

If you are interested in borrowing an exhibition or borrowing an object, please address your inquiry to Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator, at or (413) 559-6320.

When submitting a request, please keep in mind the following:

  • In order to give us enough time to process your request and properly prepare the artwork for travel, loan requests should be made as far in advance as possible, ideally no less than 12 months before the objects would ship. Requests made with less than six months lead time are subject to staff availability and may be subject to an expedited processing fee of 20% of costs.
  • Loans are generally made for a period of 3-4 months but no less than one month. All loans, whether individual items or a full exhibition, are subject to a loan fee.
  • Loan requests should include an A.A.M. Standard Facility Report for the borrowing venue(s) along with a formal request letter including the name and dates for the exhibition, and a description of the exhibition or objects you are interested in borrowing.
  • For loans of original art, borrowing venues must meet the following minimum requirements for climate, lighting control, and security: ability to control and maintain a stable environment (temperature of 70 degrees F ±2, relative humidity of 50% ±5%), light levels no more than 5-7 foot candles depending on the specific objects on loan, and 24-hour security monitoring.
  • In some instances, if the borrowing venue does not meet the necessary climate and/or lighting requirements, The Carle may be able to lend high-quality digital reproductions instead of the original illustrations. Borrowers would be responsible for the cost of making the digital print and for matting and framing it.


Borrowers pay a participation fee to The Carle for each booking and are responsible for round-trip shipping OR shipping to the next location on an exhibition tour. All exhibitions require a deposit equal to 25% of the participation fee at contract signing. Expenses of installation, promotion, and public programs are paid for by the borrower.




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