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


  • Mon- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm


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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

The Art of Eric Carle: Night

Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle’s visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon—in all its phases—always displays a gentle face. “The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night,” says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeDream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication.

Exhibition Availability: Three-month bookings beginning October 2018

Exhibition Size: 3,000 – 3,500 square feet

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


Eric Carle, Illustration for The Honey Bee and the Robber (Philomel Books). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1981 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). Collection of Mo and Cher Willems. © 2014 Mo Willems.

The Carle on the Road

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 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.

Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan

August 3, 2018 – November 25, 2018
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME


Ashley Bryan, Illustration for All Things Bright and Beautiful (Atheneum Books for Young Readers). Collection of The Ashley Bryan Center. © 2010 Ashley Bryan.

The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection

March 2, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Trelleck, Illustration for Peeps into the Past. Collection of Michael and Esther Droller.

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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