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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Visit the carle

Antonio Frasconi, Variant illustration for The Zoo at Night by Martha Robinson, 1995 [Margaret K. McElderry Books]. Gift of the Frasconi Family. © Antonio Frasconi.


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

The Carle on the Road

100 Years of Iconic Images from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

February 7, 2014 – June 23, 2018: Seongnam Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea


Arnold Lobel, Frog fiddling in a meadow of clover. Gift of Justin G. Schiller. © 1967 Arnold Lobel.

The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children’s Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems

February 7, 2014 – June 23, 2018: Seongnam Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea


Mo Willems, “You haven’t yawn heard the yaaaawn last of me!” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! [Hyperion Books for Children]. Collection of the artist. © 2006 Mo Willems.

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

Fall 2015: Magic House, Saint Louis, MO

Spring 2016: Minnesota Children’s Museum, Saint Paul, MN

Summer 2016: Midland Public Library, Midland, TX

Fall 2016: Portland Children’s Museum, Portland, OR

Spring 2017: Discovery Cube, Orange County, Santa Ana, CA

Summer 2017: Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN

Fall 2017: Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago, IL

Spring 2018: Discovery Cube, LA, Los Angeles, CA

Summer 2018: Family Museum, Bettendorf, IA

Fall 2018: Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson, MS

Summer 2019: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA


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 contact the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh at or (412) 322-5058, ext. 229.


The Art of Eric Carle

April 22 – June 25, 2017: Setagaya Art Museum, Japan

July 28 – August 27, 2017: Kyoto Eki Museum, Japan

October 28  December 10, 2017: Iwate Prefectural Museum, Japan

February 10  March 5, 2018: Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japan

Summer 2018: Iwaki City Art Museum, Japan


Eric Carle, Final illustration for The Very Quiet Cricket [Philomel Books]. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1990 Eric Carle.

The Pigeon Comes to Pittsburgh: A Mo Willems Exhibit

Opens February 17, 2018 at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh


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

For booking information, please contact the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh at or (412) 322-5058, ext. 229.


Art © Mo Willems.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey

July 20 – September 9, 2018: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH


Robert McCloskey, Illustration for Make Way for Ducklings [Viking Press]. Courtesy of The May Massee Collection, Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University. © 1941, 1969 Robert McCloskey, used by permission of the Estate of Robert McCloskey.

Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

October 18, 2019 – February 23, 2020: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN


Eric Carle, Endpapers for The Very Hungry Caterpillar [Philomel Books]. Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1969, 1987 Eric Carle.

Elephant and 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 and 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.


Mo Willems, Final illustration for Waiting Is Not Easy! (An ELEPHANT & PIGGIE book) [Hyperion Books for Children, 2014]. Collection of Mo and Cher Willems. © 2014 Mo Willems.

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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