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


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Illustration from the Permanent Collection at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art © 1989 by Norman Gorbaty

Take a peek inside The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is an art museum that encourages all guests, young and old, to explore the rich world of children’s books.

In The Galleries

Experience the beauty of original picture book art created by Eric Carle and other renowned artists in three spacious galleries. Children can complete a gallery search and receive a special temporary tattoo. Read a book with a friend and find the original art on the walls. Sometimes a gallery is closed for re-installation, so please check our current exhibitions page for more information.

In the Reading Library

Discover new and old favorites in our collection of over 4,500 books and enjoy our unique story times for children. Interested in doing research? The Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) is available by appointment. Learn more about our libraries.

In the Auditorium

See a film inspired by children’s literature. Attend a musical performance, live theatre, lecture and more. Most Auditorium events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.

In the Art Studio

To make art in the studio, reserve a timed session when checking in at the Admissions Desk. Additional tickets are now available throughout the day. Learn more about our Art Studio.   

In the Carle Bookshop

Add to your book collection. Choose gifts inspired by your favorite picture book characters. Parents’ Choice calls The Carle Bookshop “the very best bookstore for picture books in the entire world.”

The Museum Bookshop currently allows 12 visitors at a time. If the shop is at capacity, visitors can wait in a socially distanced line until they are able to enter.

Visitors can also shop online  and arrange for home delivery or curbside pickup. While debit or credit cards are preferred (to reduce cash handling), cash will be accepted. Browse The Carle Bookshop.

In Bobbie's Meadow

Bobbie’s Meadow invites visitors to enjoy the Museum’s 100-year-old apple orchard. It features a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible walking path, walls with outdoor seating, all ringed by a meadow planted with native wildflowers. A hidden mesh fence along West Bay Road helps to make the area safer for children.

In the Carle Café

The Carle Café is a seating area, featuring a Berkshire Naturals vending machine with healthy and organic snacks and is available any time the museum is open.   If guests are looking for more than snacks, our neighbor Atkins Farms Country Market is just around the corner. We also invite guests to bring their own food, so feel free to pack a picnic lunch for your visit. 

Friendly Reminders

For Everyone

  • Please check large bags before entering the Galleries.
  • No food or drink is allowed inside the Museum (except water and baby bottles). We invite all visitors to picnic outside in Bobbie’s Meadow.  
  • Photography is permitted anywhere in the Museum. No flash photography in the Galleries, please.
  • Please refrain from cell phone conversation in the Galleries.
  • The Carle is a smoke-free facility.

For Children  

  • Please don’t touch the art or the glass that protects it.
  • For your safety, walk, don’t run, and stay with an adult at all times.
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