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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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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.

Below are some of the experiences you will want to consider. Be sure to check the calendar for programs happening on the day you are visiting.  

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. See our film schedule and our upcoming events.

In the Art Studio

You never need an appointment – just drop in to our Art Studio to create your own art. Special hands-on activities are available for toddlers. No additional charge. Learn more about our Art Studio.

In the Carle Bookshop

Add to your book collection. Choose gifts inspired by your favorite storybook characters. Parents’ Choice calls the shop “the very best bookstore for picture books in the entire world.” 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, and a small outdoor library, 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. See program and events for special programming in the summer. Learn more about Bobbie’s Meadow.

In the Carle Café

The Carle Café features a Berkshire Naturals vending machine with healthy and organic snacks and is available any time the museum is open. 

Complimentary coffee is provided, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Esselon Coffee Roasting

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. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tables in advance. For reservations, please contact the Education Department at or (413) 559-6306.

While we encourage guests to picnic in our Café and on our grounds, we cannot accommodate functions such as birthday parties or showers during museum hours. Please see Facility Rental for more information or contact if you are interested in holding your event at The Carle after hours.

Friendly Reminders

For Everyone

  • Please check large bags before entering the Galleries.
  • Food and drink are permitted only in the Café or outdoors.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy the sculptures, but please no climbing!
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