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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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Past Exhibitions


IN THE Central Gallery

Mother Goose in an Air-Ship: McLoughlin Bros. 19th Century Children's Books from the Liman Collection

This exhibit highlights beautifully-illustrated children’s books, printed in Brooklyn by McLoughlin Bros., a publisher who pioneered new technology and marketing techniques in the mass production of inexpensive children’s books. These books were recognized as precursors to the Golden Books and constitute a nice adjunct to the exhibition, Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books, in the East Gallery. The Liman Book Collection is an especially rich resource for exploring the values, character, and world views of nineteenth-century America.

Visitors will see children’s classics, such as Gulliver’s Travels and adaptations of Robinson Crusoe, educational books, such as various ABCs, Mother Goose stories, Christmas Books, books teaching children how to paint or draw, along with games and puzzles. These delightful books will “amuse and delight” both children and their parents. The Liman Collection of Nineteenth-Century McLoughlin Bros. Illustrated Children’s Books was graciously donated to the Brooklyn Historical Society by Mrs. Ellen Liman.


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