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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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The Carle Trip to Italy for Educators press release

Innovations in Education...

The Carle and Smith College Announce Trip to Italy for Educators

Amherst, Mass. (December 5, 2014) – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in cooperation with Smith College, announces its 2015 Innovations in Education study tour to the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy, from March 16 - March 20.

The Innovations in Education study tour, which launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational. Highlights of the program include visits to:

LagoMago, an Infant/Toddler Center surrounded by nature in Pistoia’s large Puccini Park
Scuola Dell’Infanzia Parco Drago, with its focus on creating an atmosphere of well being for pre-school children where attention to freedom of expression and originality are at the center of their work
Area Bambini Blu, an atelier which offers children opportunities to express themselves through a variety of art experiences
Area Rossa, one of Pistoia’s four children's centers specifically designed for babies and toddlers, and Area Gialla, one of the other centers with a focus on storytelling and the construction of games and toys

“This professional program is a wonderful opportunity for educators to experience firsthand programs that are internationally known for the respect they have for the competencies of the child and the careful thought that goes into creating environments, that support learning,” said The Carle’s Senior Educator Rosemary Agoglia. “By making the learning of the children visible to the parents, teachers and the children themselves, a community of learners is established where thoughts, ideas, questions and possible solutions are shared and explored by all.”

This is The Carle’s fourth tour, building on a ten-year collaboration with colleagues in Pistoia. The tour is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

The registration deadline for Innovations in Education is January 23, 2015. Visit for a detailed itinerary and study tour registration form. For more information email or call (413) 658-1113.

The cost includes the program fee, hotel accommodations for 5 nights (Sunday, March 15 – Thursday, March 19 with check-out on Friday morning), a tour of Pistoia, guided tour of the Marino Marini Museum, a cooking class, Italian-style breakfast each morning, lunch Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and one group dinner.  Each participant is responsible for covering their own flight and travel arrangements. Museum Members receive a $150 discount off the total price.

$2,400                    Single room
$2,100                     Shared double room (cost per person)

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About The Carle:
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at

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