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


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

The Bookshop is Open and Ready For Your Visit!

The Carle Bookshop is open, full of great new books and products, and we're taking every precaution to make your shopping experience safe and comfortable.

Here are the new procedures to expect when you visit the Shop: 

A picture of the sanitizing station right outside the doors to the Carle Bookshop

Before you walk in the door, we have hand sanitizer ready for you. Using Massachusetts state guidelines, we've limited the store capacity to make sure there's enough room for everyone to move freely around the store while browsing. If the Shop is already at full capacity when you stop by, you can wait and browse our sale section outside of the Shop, check out the galleries, or visit Bobbie's Meadow outside for a few minutes until other guests have finished browsing.

The register in the Bookshop with plexiglass divider, sanitized baskets, and social distancing tape on the floor.

While you browse, if you've touched a book you don't want to bring home, feel free to put it in the orange box by the register to be sanitized by a Bookshop team member.

The picture book wall at the Carle Bookshop with blue tape on the floor to help visitors stay six feet apart.

When you're ready to check out, you'll follow the blue tape squares on the floor to the register to maintain a distance of 6 feet apart from other customers. You can set your basket down on the stool and pass your items to a Bookshop team member either under the new plexiglass divider or scanned through the glass.

Bookshop Team Member Allie poses with her personal keyboard, mouse, hand sanitizer, and cleaning kit.

Each of our Bookshop team members now have their own keyboard, mouse, and personal cleaning kits to ensure that staff as well as guests remain healthy and safe. The register area will be sanizited after each customer and each team member shift change.

Eric Carle merchandise on display in clear plastic bins with a sign that says ?Display only?

A table of puzzles and a table of books in the Bookshop with plush displayed up high or in plastic bins.

We've changed a few of our displays to minimize touching, but we're keeping plenty in our stock room that we can get just for you. Ask a bookseller and we'll get untouched merchandise for you from the back. 

Bookshop Team member Ariel waves from outside the Museum, standing next to her Curbside Pickup sign.

If you'd rather not come inside, we're still offering home delivery and easy curbside pickup. Shop online anytime. Choose curbside pickup at checkout and we'll get back to you ASAP when your order has been gathered and ready to pick up. You'll pull up to the front of the Museum, call our curbside pickup line, and we'll come right out with your order!

We can’t wait to see you again!


by Eliza Brown

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