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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

Accessibility Information

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Field Trips

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. 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.

Make a Reservation

After reading the information below, please complete our online Field Trip Inquiry Form. Reservations are required and need to be made at least two weeks in advance. Contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your field trip.

Program Availability

Guided Field Trips are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, September through June. Guided programs are offered on weekdays in July and August on a limited basis.

Guided programs begin at 9:30 am or 11:30 am.

Group Size

Minimum of 10 participants
Maximum of 50 participants (For groups larger than 50, please inquire.)
Groups of 25 or more will be divided into 2 groups.

Program Focus

Nature Narratives
Cultivate an appreciation for art and the natural world by observing and describing plants, animals, and habitats. Includes storytelling and artmaking.

Sharing Stories
Explore how artists tell stories through pictures and learn ways to create and share your own stories.

The Art of Eric Carle
Take a closer look at the creative process of Eric Carle, and experiment with techniques to create your own art.

Explore, Imagine, Play
Encourage creativity, gross motor skills, and language development through an interactive storytime and imaginative play with art materials. (Recommended for Preschool and Kindergarten)


The Museum requires groups to bring 1 chaperone for every 6 students. Chaperones are admitted free of charge and must remain with their group at all times. One-on-one aides are admitted free and are not counted in the chaperone ratio. Additional Adults will be charged the regular Museum Admission fee and may be asked to tour the Museum separately from the group.


$6 Admission for Students/Youths
For guided tours, an additional $25 Guide Fee is applied to each group of 25 Students/Youths.

Museum Memberships and passes do not apply to Field Trips. The Museum does not accept purchase orders.

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

A limited number of field trip scholarships are available and awarded at random through The Carle Community Fund. To be eligible to apply schools must be a Title 1 school and have their field trip to The Carle take place between October and February of the school year. Application deadline for field trip scholarships is September 14. Click here to apply.

Lunch at the Museum

On a space-available basis Guided Programs are invited to eat their own lunches in the Café. Reservations must be made in advance. Weather permitting, the Courtyard is available for picnics.

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