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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 Art Studio

Materials Play

February 1, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!


In The Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

January 26, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. Bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends – a FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends (while supplies last)! To learn more about First Book, visit

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.


10:00 am – 10:50 am
Film: The William Steig Library (Auditorium)

10:30 am – 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
Meet Elephant and Piggie (Great Hall)
Note: Elephant & Piggie will be taking 15 minute breaks every 45 minutes

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Special Storytime with Heidi E.Y. Stemple (Auditorium)

11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Film: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Auditorium)

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Film: Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny Series (Auditorium)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Storytime and Creative Movement with The Center Dance Studio (Auditorium)
Recommended for children ages 3+

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Special Storytime with Mike Curato (Auditorium)

2:30 pm
Book signing with Mike Curato (Great Hall)

2:45 pm – 3:35 pm
Film: The Ezra Jack Keats Library (Auditorium)

3:45 – 4:15 pm
Film: Eric Carle: Picture Writer (Auditorium)

Ongoing throughout the day

FREE Books from Disney Publishing Worldwide; Museum Scavenger Hunt (Admissions Desk)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 (West Gallery)
Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault (Central Gallery)
Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards (East Gallery)

Pen Pal Art Project

Say Cheese! Catering (11am – 2pm)

FREE round-trip transportation from Holyoke Public Library (250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke) and Mason Square Branch Library (765 State Street, Springfield)  courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines! Buses depart their locations at 10:00 am. Departure from The Carle is at 2:00 pm.

Seating is limited. To reserve bus seats:
Holyoke Public Library:
Call 413-420-8119 or email

Mason Square Branch Library:
Call 413-263-6828 x201 or email

In The Art Studio

Experiments in Paper Marbling

January 24, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

(Snow Date: Thursday, January 31)
Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join The Carle’s Art Educators in this evening workshop and experiment with easy-to-find materials such as dish soap, shaving cream and paint to create your own highly patterned and colorful marbled papers! This workshop will provide you with the all materials and guidance you need to walk away with papers perfect for your next creative project or homemade gift.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

January 19, 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 East Gallery

Our Voices: Sharing Stories of Family and Kindness

January 19, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Come join Onawumi Jean Moss, the soulful storyteller, as she reads from picture books highlighted in the special exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.


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