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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

Visit the carle


Hours & Admission

The Carle is Temporarily Closed. The online Bookshop is open.

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.

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.

Curbside Art Project to Go!

Art Project to Go! bags are available for curbside pick-up for members, access pass holders, and library pass borrowers. Pick-ups are on Thursdays and Fridays between 1 – 3pm. Each Art Project to Go! contains materials to make your own tissue paper collage:

  • Circular background paper
  • Pack of multi-color tissue paper
  • Art Paste
  • Cotton swabs and matboard for spreading the Art Paste
  • Flyer with prompts for further artmaking

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
  • Your suggested pick-up date and time (Pick-ups available Thursdays and Fridays, 1-3pm)

Please allow at least 24 hours between placing your order and your suggested pick-up time. 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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