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


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

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Past Events

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

June 21, 2019
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

CANCELLED An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

June 21, 2019
9:30am - 1:30pm
$50 (Members $42.50)

(4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine.  Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts. Instructor: Courtney Waring

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with Peter Sís

June 16, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Join award-winning artist Peter Sís for a gallery talk in his exhibition The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís. A book signing will follow the program.

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

Peter Sís, Flying Man, tapestry design honoring Czech Republic President Václav Havel commissioned by Václav Havel Airport Prague, 2011. Collection of the artist. © Peter Sís.

In The Museum

Members' Opening Reception: The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís

June 15, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free to Members

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter and Peter Sís discussing his Czech childhood behind the Iron Curtain, his experience seeking asylum in America, and his love of picture books.

Members RSVP by Monday, June 10 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 559-6310 or

Peter Sís, Illustration for Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei (Frances Foster Books). Collection of the artist. © 1996 Peter Sís. Reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

June 15, 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.


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