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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


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Past Events

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 22, 2018
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 Art Studio

CANCELED Make Your Own Textured Rubbing Plates

September 18, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$20 (Members $17)

Adult Workshop (Ages 16+)
Join The Carle's Art Educators to explore found materials and create your own rubbing plates for your classroom, studio or home. These tools can be used to create texture on collage papers, wrapping paper, cards, and more! Plus they provide an excellent sensory exploration for children. All materials will be provided, come and explore texture with us!

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up. 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Caterpillar Creativity!

September 16, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission



In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

September 15, 2018
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 Museum

A Community Celebration: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50!

September 15, 2018
11:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a variety of programs in celebration of The Carle’s special exhibition, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50.

11:00 am
Caterpillar Memories with Eric Carle
Join Eric Carle as he shares stories and memories of writing and illustrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Moderated by Cathryn Mercier, Director for the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons University. Each participant will receive a book ticket that will enable them to purchase from the Carle Bookshop a special early release copy of the 50th Anniversary Golden Edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, signed by Eric Carle ($22.99; $19.54 for members)! In-store only on September 15, limit one book per person. (The official book release date is October 9).

Reservations are required.  (Auditorium program is sold out! Please call 413-559-6300 to be added to our waitlist.)
Reservations for members begins Monday, August 13.
Reservations for non-members begins Friday, August 17.
To make a reservation, call 413-559-6336. Space is limited.

In addition to the book available to program attendees, the Museum Shop will have a limited number of signed copies of the 50th Anniversary Golden Edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar available for purchase to the public on September 15 and only in-store. Limit one book per person. First come, first serve. No pre-orders or online sales.

12:00 – 4:00 pm
Meet Western Mass Pollinator Networks

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (costume character visit in the Great Hall)
1:00 pm
Presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

2:00 pm
Very Hungry Caterpillar ASL Storytime (Reading Library)
This thirty-minute signing storytime of All About The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a caterpillar-shaped board book, will offer each child a cover-to-cover visual exploration through American Sign
Language. Let the caterpillar do all the work as you use your hands to sign in this fun and hands-on storytime!

Damien Thompson, a deaf and native signer, is fluent in American Sign Language. He provides sign language enrichment activities for young children of all abilities.

2:30 pm
Refreshments (Great Hall)

Exhibitions in the West Gallery are generously supported by the Hsin-Yi Foundation. Additional support for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 has been provided by Penguin Young Readers.


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