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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 Museum

Sylvester’s Magic Pebble Picnic

September 26, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Pack a snack and a blanket and join us for an evening picnic in Bobbie’s Meadow. Guests will enjoy a post-sunset outdoor screening of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble!


6:00 - 7:00 pm
Enjoy milk and cookies out on the terrace (courtesy of Atkins Farms)
Explore Bobbie’s Meadow and create your own nature drawings using watercolor pencils and brushes.

6:30 pm
Wish Upon a Storytime: Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime and collaborative art installation, in which we will transform a tree with our wishes!

7:00 pm
Outdoor screening: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

In the Art Studio: Every Day Art Project – The Art Aquarium

This event will move indoors in case of inclement weather. 
Image: William Steig, Preliminary illustration for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1969). Gift of Jeanne Steig. © William Steig.

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 26, 2019

Please join us for the fourteenth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 26 at Guastavino's in New York. We will honor Artist, Melissa Sweet; Angel, REFORMA represented by Kenny Garcia; Bridge, Chihiro Art Museum, represented by Takeshi Matsumoto; and Mentor, David Saylor. Awards will be presented by Newbery-honor author and Caldecott-honor artist Grace Lin and venerable book editor Alvina Ling. More than twenty of the industry's leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Click here for more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at or 413-559-6308.

Butterfly from THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle.


In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

September 22, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project!

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.



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