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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Past Exhibitions

Peter Sís

IN THE East Gallery

The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís

Peter Sís invites readers on incredible journeys. His picture book biographies recount the real-life travels of British biologist Charles Darwin and French pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He depicts the life and persecution of 17th-century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. Born in Czechoslovakia, Sís transports readers to the ancient city of Prague in The Three Golden Keys and explores its political past in The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. He chronicles his father’s two-year odyssey in the Himalaya Mountains in Tibet Through the Red Box, and creates a modern-day fairytale in Madlenka. This exhibition showcases more than 90 original illustrations from 26 picture books, ranging from Sís’s exquisitely detailed paintings of historical narratives to the bold graphics of his early readers. A selection of painted objects and public art projects showcase other facets of his award-winning career.

View a short video about the exhibition

This exhibition is made possible with generous support from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Exhibition design by Katie Craig


Peter Sís, Illustration for Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei (Frances Foster Books). Collection of the artist. © 1996 Peter Sís. Reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
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