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

Hours

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

 

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Upcoming Events

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint

February 6 - March 19, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolors and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

January 19, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
February 16, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
March 16, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Museum

Member Monday

February 18, 2019
9:30am - 10:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Get a jump on February Break fun and join us for the first Member Monday of 2019! Members receive early access to galleries, the Art Studio, the Carle Book Shop, and the Library. Treats and coffee generously provided by Atkins Farms Country Market and Esselon.

RSVP with the number of adults and children attending to membership@carlemuseum.org by Friday, February 15.
 

In The Museum

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 18, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 19, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 21, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 22, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume character will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Adam Gudeon

February 19, 2019
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

In Adam Gudeon’s Peeper and Zeep, two accidental friends use innovation, trial and error, and some help from an unusual acquaintance to find their way home again. Through it all, Peeper the bird and Zeep the alien learn the meaning of friendship and family.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Treehouse Adventure

February 20, 2019
11:00am and 1:30pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50)

The show must go on in this new hip-hop musical, Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure. When the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to Elizabethan England  they meet William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare is having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare? This production is appropriate for elementary and middle school aged children and family audiences.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336. 

In The Museum

Meet Mary Pope Osborne

February 20, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time! Guests can get books stamped with Mary’s signature and take photos with her.

Showtime with Shakespeare, a theatrical production of Osborne’s Magic Tree House adventure book, Stage Fright on a Summer Night, will be performed by Berkshire Theatre Group at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm this day.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.orgNo books from home, please. 

In The Art Studio

Drawing for the Terrified!

February 25, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join artist B.Z. Reily in this friendly workshop designed to get pencil to paper. Take inspiration from the exhibition, Out of The Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Have fun with drawing and pick up tips and skills along the way.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Lesléa Newman

March 2, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.
 

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

October 21, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
December 13, 2018
3:30pm - 4:30pm
March 3, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
April 13, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

 

In The Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 10 - March 15, 2019
All day

PROGRAM IS FULL.
Please email programs@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.

The Innovations in Education study tour, 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.

Study Tour Information (including cost and registration details)

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Under Construction: Collage Sculptures

March 20 - April 23, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Cut, attach, and build your own colorful sculptures inspired by the art of Eric Carle.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

March 22, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Learn about The Whole Book Approach and discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Participants will explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
Free to Members

First Seating – 9:30 am
Second Seating – 10:30 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited.
Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org.

Enjoy homemade pancakes in The Carle Café, a project created just for this unique event in the Art Studio, and a special storytime and film in the Auditorium. Plus, there will be a chance to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar and receive an exclusive Member gift!

In The Museum

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the Caterpillar's special day at The Carle! Throughout the day, you can enjoy a special art studio project, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunt, films, storytimes, and a visit from the Caterpillar Lab!

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Caterpillar Art

March 24, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center presents In The Nick of Time

March 30, 2019
11:00am
$5 Museum Admission extra, not required

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.
Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

In The Auditorium

The 9th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture

April 13, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Speaker: Neal Porter, Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books

 

In The Museum

Member Monday

April 15, 2019
9:30am - 10:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Get a jump on April Break fun and join us for Member Monday! Members receive early access to galleries, the Art Studio, the Carle Book Shop, and the Library. Treats and coffee generously provided by Atkins Farms Country Market and Esselon.

RSVP with the number of adults and children attending to membership@carlemuseum.org by Friday, April 12.

In The Museum

Member Monday

April 15, 2019
9:30am - 10:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Get a jump on April Break fun and join us for Member Monday! Members receive early access to galleries, the Art Studio, the Carle Book Shop, and the Library. Treats and coffee generously provided by Atkins Farms Country Market and Esselon.

RSVP with the number of adults and children attending to membership@carlemuseum.org by Friday, February 15.

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