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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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Field Trips

Spring 2021 Update: We will not be hosting any field trips for the 2020/2021 school year, however we are offering virtual distance learning programs which can be found here. For self-guided groups of 8 or under, reservations can be made through Eventbrite.  

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).

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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