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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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Letter From The Director: Sad News press release

Dear Friends,

It’s with great sadness that I write today to tell you that Barbara Carle passed away Monday, September 7, at her home in North Carolina after a brief illness. She was 76.

Barbara, or “Bobbie” as we all affectionately called her, co-founded the Museum with her husband Eric Carle in 2002 and served as the Museum's first board chair. For 13 years, she inspired us with her vision, her warmth and grace, her intelligence, her wit, and her lifelong commitment to children and the arts. She was always a passionate supporter of The Carle, and a tremendous champion of our work and our staff.

Our hearts go out to Eric and to all of Bobbie’s family. It feels insufficient to say we will miss her. Bobbie's joy for life made the world so much richer. We were greatly blessed to have had her in our lives. 

We hope you will read more about Barbara’s life and leave a condolence message in her memory. The family will hold a private funeral service.

Alexandra Kennedy
Executive Director



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