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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Tue- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm


Visit the carle


Past Events

In The Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse Presents: Top Bananas!

December 29, 2018
$5 (Members $4.50)

A fantasy-filled performance of visual and musical delights, featuring a puppet that morphs, a snake that sings, a saw that plays music, tap-dancing, new and old songs and an abundance of silly shenanigans. Performed by Berkshire County Actors Stefanie Weber, Maizy Scarpa and Mark Hohlstein with live music by Don Jordan.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents: The Bremen Town Musicians

December 28, 2018
$6 (Members $5.50)

What can a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they encounter a fortune, foil some robbers, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead puppets' signature sense of humor.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Museum

Night Owls PJ Party

December 27, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$5 per child (Members Free)

Hoot! Hoot! Explore the Museum—and our special exhibition Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Vault—under the cover of night! In addition to night-themed art projects, storytimes, and films, guests will enjoy an evening snack of milk and cookies.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admission desk or by calling 413-559-6336.


6:00 - 7:30 pm

Enjoy milk and cookies in the Great Hall (courtesy of Atkins Farms)
Owl Masks - Design and make your own owl-inspired mask in the Art Studio

6:15 pm
Film: Kitten’s First Full Moon (Auditorium, 9 min.)

6:30 pm
Join us for an interactive storytime inspired by the Illustrated Owls exhibition. (Reading Library)
Film: Good Night,  Gorilla  . . . and more great sleepytime stories (Auditorium, 60 min.)

7:00 pm
Storytime and Creative Movement with The Center Dance Studio (Great Hall)
Join The Center Dance Studio for a nighttime adventure inspired by Jan Brett’s The Mitten. Bring your imagination and your dancing feet! Caregiver participation welcome!

Antonio Frasconi, Illustration for If The Owl Calls Again: A Collection of Owl Poems (Margaret K. McElderry Books). Gift of the Frasconi Family. © 1990 Antonio Frasconi. Walter Harrison Cady, untitled, n.d. Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel.


In The Museum

Create with The Carle! Celebration

December 16, 2018
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the 2018 Create with The Carle! series with us. The event will feature readings of original work by participants of the Creative Writing course, as well as an exhibition of visual art from the Collage, Printmaking, and Bookmaking courses.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Mike Curato

December 15, 2018
Free with Museum Admission

Elliot isn't quite sure what Christmas spirit is, but he suspects he doesn't have it. Not even a visit to Santa Claus can put Elliot in the right mood. But when chance blows a letter for Santa into Elliot and Mouse's path, the two friends discover what Christmas is all about—and make a new friend, too. Join Mike Curato as he reads from his new picture book Merry Christmas, Little Elliot, a heartfelt celebration of the season of giving!

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at


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