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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

Accessibility Information

Visit the carle


Hours & Admission


Thursday, Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Holiday Closures: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Gallery Closures: The Carle has three galleries, each with a different exhibition. Sometimes a gallery is closed for re-installation, so when planning a visit please check our current exhibitions to see what is on view.


Adult $9
Youth (1-18), Student, Teacher, and Senior $6
Members Free


Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended as visitor capacity is reduced. Members and non-members can make an online reservation for a specific day and arrival time block (morning or afternoon). We ask that visitors arrive during the time block listed on their reservation so we can manage the number of people in the building at a given time. On average, a visit to The Carle lasts 1.5 – 2 hours.

Mask-Only Free Sundays 

To accommodate our immunocompromised Museum friends and anyone else who wants to be in a masks-only space, we are planning a few free admission, masks-required Sundays. Advance tickets are highly recommended as visitor capacity is reduced. 

Sunday, June 13, 2021 – Click for free tickets TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.
Sunday, July 11, 2021 – Click for free tickets TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.


To ensure the health and safety of all our visitors and staff, we have new protocols in place.  If you are unable to reserve your tickets online, please call us during Museum hours at 413-559-6301 to reserve by phone. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available each day.  While debit or credit cards are preferred for ticket payment (to reduce cash handling), cash will be accepted.

Social Distancing

For everyone’s safety, guests are encouraged to maintain six feet of distance between Museum staff and other guests outside their group. Children must stay with their adult(s) at all times.

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.
The EBT Card to Culture program is part of The Carle Community Fund, created in 2018 to make The Carle more affordable and accessible to families, schools, and educators.

Art Studio

To make art in the studio, reserve a timed session when checking in at the Admissions Desk. Additional tickets are now available throughout the day.


We welcome visitors of all abilities to explore the rich world of picture books at The Carle.
Visit Accessibility for more information.

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