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


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

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Past Events

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

September 21, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

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

In The Auditorium

Walls and Bridges, with Peter Sís

September 21, 2019
Free with Museum admission

In his acceptance speech upon winning the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award, Peter Sís describes books as “my home, my language, my country.” Join Sís as he shares stories of his Czech childhood behind the Iron Curtain and his love of picture books as “bridges taking you places.”

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

Image: Peter Sís, Illustration for The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Frances Foster Books). Collection of the artist. © 2007 Peter Sís. Reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.


In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 21, 2019
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two. Visit

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

September 21, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email

Click here for more information.


In The Museum

Moon Festival Celebration

September 12, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join author/artist Grace Lin and authors Heidi E.Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with art projects, stories, and moon cookies!


6:00 - 7:00 pm
Enjoy milk and moon cookies in the Great Hall. (courtesy of Atkins Farms)
Watch mooncakes being made, with Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.

6:30 pm
Listen to a storytime in Mandarin of Eric Carle's Papa Please Get the Moon for Me.

7:00 pm
Special Storytime with Grace Lin (A Big Mooncake for Little Star) and Heidi E.Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen (A Kite for Moon) (Auditorium)

7:30 pm
Book signing with Grace Lin, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, and Jane Yolen

In the Art Studio: Moon Memory Books, with Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School


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