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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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Visitor Guidelines


Thursday-Friday:     10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday:                 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:                   12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

To ensure the health and safety of all our visitors and staff, we have new protocols in place. We reserve the right to ask visitors to leave the Museum if they are not following protocols.

All visitors must follow Massachusetts guidelines, which include masks, social distancing, and the current travel advisory. If you do not follow these guidelines, you cannot visit the Museum and we encourage you to return at a later date.

Out-of-state visitors: Visitors from out-of-state must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in MA or produce a negative COVID-19 test result if they are staying in MA for more than 24 hours.
Check the Massachusetts website before traveling. COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended as visitor capacity is reduced.


Cancellation Policy
Prior to visiting The Carle, if you or a member of your family/group are exposed to or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call us during Museum hours at 413-559-6301 for a complete refund and we will release those tickets to other visitors. 

Face Coverings

All staff and visitors (ages 5 and up) must wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose when inside the Museum. Masks must be worn outside in Bobbies Meadow if you unable to maintain 6ft away. Face coverings are encouraged for children ages 2-4, in conjunction with state guidelines. Children under two years of age are not asked to wear a face covering.

If you cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition, please inform our Admissions Desk staff upon your arrival.

Social Distance

All visitors must maintain six feet of distance between Museum staff and other guests outside their group. Children must stay with their adult(s) at all times.


Visitors and staff must practice regular hand hygiene while on-site. Signs are posted to remind visitors to wash their hands and use the hand sanitizer units stationed throughout the Museum. 

Cleaning & Ventilation

The Carle is professionally cleaned daily when open to the public. Throughout the day staff and a professional janitorial service will clean high-touch areas such as table surfaces and door handles on a regular basis. 

Our high-quality HVAC system has been adjusted for maximum ventilation throughout the building.

Reduced Capacity 

The Carle is 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.

Print Materials and Activities

A kit including a Museum scavenger hunt, activity sheets, and colored pencils will be provided to each family/group at the Admissions Desk upon arrival. Colored pencils should be returned to the Admissions Desk at the end of a visit so they can be disinfected. 

Art Studio

To make art in the studio, reserve a 25-minute Art Studio session when checking in at the Admissions Desk. If all sessions are booked, pick up an Art Project To Go! bag at the Admissions Desk. The bags include the same materials used in the Art Studio project, and can be enjoyed out in Bobbie’s Meadow or at home.

Art Project to Go! bags are also available for curbside pick-up for members, access pass holders, and library pass borrowers.

To request curbside pickup, please email with the following information:

  • Your name     
  • How many bags you’d like (one bag per person please)     
  • Your membership/library pass/access pass number     
  • Your suggested pick-up date and time (Pick-ups available during museum opening hours)

Please allow at least 24 hours between placing your order and your suggested pick-up time. An Art Educator will respond by email to confirm your Art Project to Go! reservation and to provide instructions for pick-up.

Museum Shop

The Museum Bookshop will allow 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 at and arrange for home delivery or curbside pickup. While debit or credit cards are preferred (to reduce cash handling), cash will be accepted.

Closed Amenities During this Time

The Café is 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). 

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