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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

Accessibility Information

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Hours & Admission

To ensure the health and safety of all our visitors and staff we have new protocols in place.  Click here for more information on our safety guidelines.

All visitors will be asked to attest that they will follow all Massachusetts and local guidelines, which includes masks and social distancing. All visitors from out of state should check the Massachusetts website before traveling. Visitors from most states are now restricted from entering Massachusetts and must complete state forms and meet strict requirements before visiting. Those visitors exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who have recently been exposed should not visit the Museum. We reserve the right to ask visitors to leave the Museum if they are not following protocols. Adults are expected to help the children in their group follow these guidelines.

Fall Hours

Thursday, Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 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.



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. Visitor contact information will be collected at the time of ticket purchase in case contact tracing is needed.

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 Project to Go!

Each family/group checking in at the Admissions Desk will be asked if they wish to schedule a timed session in The Art Studio. A set number of 25-minute sessions are available throughout the day. If all timed sessions in the Art Studio are booked, families/groups can pick up an Art Project To Go! bag, which includes the same materials used in the Art Studio project. These take-away art project bags can be enjoyed out in Bobbie’s Meadow or back at home.
Art Project to Go! bags are available for curbside pick-up for members, access pass holders, and library pass borrowers.

Each Art Project to Go! contains materials to make your own painting:
  •  Variety of paper found materials to paint with
  •  Washable tempera paint (red, yellow, and blue)
  •  Paper
  •  Paper towels
  •  Flyer with prompts for further art-making

To request curbside pickup, please email with the following information:  

  •     Your name
  •     How many bags you’d like (one bag per person please)
  •     Your membership/library pass/access pass number
  •     The date you’d like to pick-up the bags (Please allow at least 48 hours between placing your order and your suggested pick-up time. Pick-ups are during Museum opening hours only.)

An Art Educator will respond by email to confirm your Art Project to Go! reservation and to provide instructions for pick-up.


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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