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


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 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

To ensure the health and safety of all our visitors and staff we have new protocols in place. Click here for more information.

The Carle is currently operating at reduced capacity, in accordance with state guidelines. There are capacity limits for different spaces in the Museum, including the Art Studio, Galleries, Reading Library, and Bookshop. Capacity signs will be located throughout the Museum, and some spaces may require guests to wait in a socially distanced line before entering.

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. See our film schedule and our upcoming events.

In the Art Studio

Summer 2020 update: Each family/group checking in at the Admissions Desk will be asked if they wish to schedule a timed session in The Art Studio. A set number of 20-minute sessions are available throughout the day.
If all timed sessions in the Art Studio are booked, families/groups can pick up an Art Project To Go! bag, which includes the same materials used in the Art Studio project. These take-away art project bags can be enjoyed out in Bobbie’s Meadow or back at home.

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.”

The Museum Bookshop currently allows 8 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.

Face coverings are required in Bobbie’s Meadow if visitors are unable to maintain at least six feet of social distancing space.

In the Carle Café

The Café is currently closed and the vending machine is not available. Water fountains must also be closed.

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. 

Friendly Reminders

For Everyone

  • Please check large bags before entering the Galleries.
  • The Café is currently closed and the vending machine is not available. Water fountains are also closed.
  • 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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