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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

The Carle will reopen Thursday, March 11, 2021.


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

CLICK HERE for Thursday, April 22 tickets.


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.


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. 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 Studio
To make art in the studio, reserve a 25-minute Art Studio session when checking in at the Admissions Desk. If all sessions are booked, pick up an Art Project To Go! bag at the Admissions Desk. The bags include the same materials used in the Art Studio project, and can be enjoyed out in Bobbie’s Meadow or at home.

Art Project to Go! bags are available for curbside pick-up for members, access pass holders, and library pass borrowers. Pick-ups can be arranged during museum opening hours.

Each Art Project to Go! contains materials to make your own painting:  

  • Washable tempera paint in cups (red, yellow, blue)
  • 2 pieces of railroad board paper
  • Painting tools (cotton swabs, matboard, cup for mixing or for water)
  • Paper towels
  • Flyer with more information about the project   

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 during museum opening hours)

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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