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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

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Past Events


Whole Book Approach (2 sessions)

October 20, 2020
6:30 to 8:00pm EST
$40 (Members $34)

Online Workshop

(3 PDPs) Learn about The Whole Book Approach and discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Participants will explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. This is a 2-day session, taking place October 20 and 21 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

To register please click here


Members’ Gallery Talk with Cathryn Mercier and Ellen Keiter

October 19, 2020
7:00 pm
Free for Members

Join co-curators Cathryn Mercier (Director, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons University) and Ellen Keiter (Chief Curator, The Carle) for a virtual gallery tour of the special exhibition Let’s Talk!: Animals from the Collection, which examines the longstanding tradition of anthropomorphism—giving human characteristics to animals—in children’s literature. Open to Museum Members; Click here to register.

In the Museum

The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction

September 24, 2020
Registration is free.


Join us for The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction to support the Museum and its art and literacy programs. Everyone is invited to attend this important virtual fundraiser, held in place of our annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala. Silent and live art auctions! Special guests! Sneak peeks at upcoming exhibitions! Learn more and register here.

Murals by Eric Carle (c) 2002 Penguin Random House LLC.



In the Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Sculptures That Soar

September 9 - October 21, 2020
Free with Museum Admission

Using found materials, create your own mobile inspired by flight. Add your artwork to a collaborative installation at the museum or start one at home. In the Art Studio by appointment or as a take away bag at the Admissions Desk.

In the Museum

Lawns Into Meadows Book Launch and Virtual Meadow Tour

July 30, 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: In a world where lawns wreak havoc on our natural ecosystems, landscape designer Owen Wormser encourages another approach. Owen’s recently released book, Lawns Into Meadows, Growing a Regenerative Landscape, explains how to plant an organic meadow that’s right for your site.

In this virtual event hosted by The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Owen will introduce you to his book and take participants on a tour through Bobbie’s Meadow at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Owen designed this meadow now in its second season. He’ll show us some of the plants and talk about the ecology of the meadow, including how it actively provides habitat to many pollinators and other animals.

Books available for curbside pick-up at the Hitchcock Center or through The Carle Bookshop.

Suggested Donation of $10. Co-sponsored by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Registration required, register here.


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