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


  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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The Carle Community Fund

The Carle Community Fund was created in 2018 to make The Carle more affordable and accessible to families, schools, and educators. Established by a generous donation from  Mo and Cher Willems, The Carle Community Fund expands on a previous program established by Helen and Peter Bing over 10 years ago.

The Carle Community Fund supports the following access initiatives:

For individuals and families

EBT Card to Culture Program
The Carle participates in the EBT Card to Culture Program, offering complimentary admission for up to four people to anyone presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card through the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA); EBT Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services' Department of Transitional Assistance. Click here for a full list of participating organizations.

For schools and teachers:

Field Trip Scholarships
The Carle Community Fund finances guided tours of the Museum for Title 1 public schools (all grades, all states). To be eligible to apply schools must:

  • Be a Title 1 public school
  • Have at least 30% of the student population on a federally-subsidized lunch program
  • Have their field trip to The Carle take place between October and January of the school year.

A limited number of scholarships are available and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning August 15.  The scholarship value is up to $500.00 and supports admission and busing for field trips to The Carle.
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Teacher Workshop Scholarships
The Carle Community Fund covers the cost of professional development workshops offered at The Carle. Preschool teachers and elementary teachers at Title I schools are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Educator scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit Upcoming Programs for a list of eligible workshops offerings.

For service organizations:

Access Pass Program
The Carle’s Access Pass Program aims to support community, collaboration, and creativity, and to give more families access to The Carle to experience art and books. Non-profit organizations located in Hampshire, Hampden, or Franklin County and serving families in need are eligible to participate, and receive free Museum admission for their clients.
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Community Outreach
The Carle Community Fund provides matching funds for grant-supported outreach programs (in collaboration with The Carle) to communities in need.

If you would like to make a donation to The Carle Community Fund, please contact Director of Development Rebecca Miller Goggins at or 413-559-6308.

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