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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

In the Museum

Member Monday!

February 17, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Free for Members

Get a jump on February break fun and join us for Member Monday! Members are integral to our community; we can't do it without you!  To show our appreciation, we're opening our doors to the Museum early for members only. Not a member yet? Sign up today!

On each Member Monday, you'll receive:

  • Special early admission (Doors open to members at 9:30 am)
  • Complimentary treats from Atkins Farms Country Market and coffee from Esselon (offered 9:30-10:00 am)
  • As always, free admission and a 15% discount in The Carle Book Shop!

RSVP to by Friday, February 14 with your name and number of children and adults.

In the Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

February 15, 2020
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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Gloria Respress-Churchwell

February 15, 2020
Free with Museum admission

Join author Gloria Respress-Churchwell as she reads from her new picture book, Follow Chester!, a story about Dr. Chester Pierce, the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon line. This historical fiction picture book frames a turbulent time in the civil rights era with the clever use of a football play to show race relations and teamwork.

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

In the Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

February 14, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime in the Reading Library, followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

In the Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

February 8, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for Friendiversary, a FREE family day that celebrates friendship and reading.

- Meet Elephant & Piggie costume characters
- Explore three galleries of exhibitions, create art, watch films
- Enjoy special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker at 11:30 and 
   Happier Valley Comedy at 1:30.
- A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends (while supplies last!)
- Purchase lunch in the Café from Holyoke Hummus Company

Please note: Unfortunately, Mike Curato is no longer able to join us for this event.

Special thanks to First Book and Michael and Rebecca Neidorf.
Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

In the event of snow, please call 413-559-6300 for cancellation news.

FREE round-trip transportation from Mason Square Branch Library (765 State Street, Springfield) courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines! Bus departs from library at 10:00 am. Departure from The Carle is at 2:00 pm.

Seating is limited. To reserve bus seats, call 413-263-6828 x201 or email


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