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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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Traveling Exhibitions

Since its inception in 2002, The Carle has traveled dozens of picture-book exhibitions to museums nationally and abroad. Our partners include the Contemporary Jewish Museum (California); the Figge Art Museum (Iowa); the High Museum of Art (Georgia); the Katonah Museum of Art (New York); the Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Massachusetts); the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Texas); the New-York Historical Society (New York); the Society of Illustrators (New York); and the Tacoma Art Museum (Washington). If you are interested in borrowing an exhibition, please see Book an Exhibition

Available Exhibitions

Elephant & Piggie in WE ARE ART! (A Mo Willems Exhibition)

Mo Willems’s best-selling, award-winning early reader series features best friends Elephant Gerald and Piggie, who are ready to hit the road in a special touring exhibition organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Since their debut in 2007, Elephant and Piggie have entertained millions of children and adults with their hilarious escapades that impart valuable lessons on manners, empathy, emotions, and—most importantly—friendship.

The exhibition features a selection of original illustrations from all 25 Elephant & Piggie books. These black-and-white drawings are supplemented with digital color renderings, early sketches, dummy books, and character size charts, together revealing Willems’s methodical working process. A generation of children have learned to read with Elephant and Piggie, and this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view the charismatic duo first-hand.

Exhibition Availability: Three-month bookings beginning May 2018

Exhibition Size: 1,500 – 2,000 square feet

If you are interested in borrowing this exhibition, please see Book an Exhibition.


Art © Mo Willems. ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is a trademark of The Mo Willems Studio, Inc.

The Carle on the Road

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

Summer 2020
Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD
Fall 2020
Miami Children's Museum, Miami, FL
Spring 2021
Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Canada 
Summer 2021
Manitoba Children's Museum, Manitoba, Canada
Fall 2021
Strong Museum of Play, Rochester, NY

This exhibition is co-organized by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

For booking information, please visit the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh exhibit rental website.


The Pigeon Comes to *Your City Here*: A Mo Willems Exhibit

Fall 2020
Museum of Science, Boston, MA
Spring 2021
Atlanta Children’s Museum, Atlanta, GA
Summer 2021
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2021
Spring 2022
Summer 2022
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ

This exhibition is co-organized by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

For booking information, please visit the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh exhibit rental website.


Art © Mo Willems.

Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in Children's Books

August 15 - November 8, 2020
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

This exhibition is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Curated by Andrea Davis Pinkney.


Philippe Lardy, Illustration for A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson. Collection of the artist. © 2005 Philippe Lardy.

Eric Carle: A Book to Play

June 10, 2020 - March 28, 2021
Play! Museum, Tokyo, Japan 

Eric Carle, Endpapers for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. Collection of The Eric and Barbara Carle Foundation. © 1967, 1992 Penguin Random House LLC.

Book an Exhibition

The Carle organizes numerous picture book art exhibitions, drawing from both loans and from its permanent collection. We are committed to sharing them. Since our exhibitions feature works on paper, which have strict conservation requirements, we can offer only limited tours.

We receive frequent inquiries about borrowing exhibitions and individual objects. To facilitate the process, we hope the information below will provide helpful information about our loan policy and review process.

If you are interested in borrowing an exhibition or borrowing an object, please address your inquiry to Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator, at or (413) 559-6320.

When submitting a request, please keep in mind the following:

  • In order to give us enough time to process your request and properly prepare the artwork for travel, loan requests should be made as far in advance as possible, ideally no less than 12 months before the objects would ship. Requests made with less than six months lead time are subject to staff availability and may incur an expedited processing fee of 20% of costs.
  • Loans are generally made for a period of 3-4 months but no less than one month. All loans, whether individual items or a full exhibition, are subject to a loan fee.
  • Loan requests should include an A.A.M. Standard Facility Report for the borrowing venue(s) along with a formal request letter including the name and dates for the exhibition, and a description of the exhibition or objects to borrow.
  • For loans of original art, borrowing venues must meet the following minimum requirements for climate, lighting control, and security: ability to control and maintain a stable environment (temperature of 70 degrees F ±2, relative humidity of 50% ±5%), light levels no more than 5-7 foot candles depending on the specific objects on loan, and 24-hour security monitoring.
  • In some instances, if the borrowing venue does not meet the necessary climate and/or lighting requirements, The Carle may be able to lend high-quality reproductions instead of the original illustrations. Borrowers would be responsible for the cost of making the facsimiles and for matting and framing it.


Borrowers pay a participation fee to The Carle for each booking and are responsible for round-trip shipping. All exhibitions require a deposit equal to 25% of the participation fee at contract signing. Expenses of installation, promotion, and public programs are paid for by the borrower.




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