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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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Visit the carle


Take a Virtual Tour of The Carle

The Carle is a beautiful 40,000 square foot contemporary building set in an old apple orchard in Amherst in Western Massachusetts. The Museum neighbors Hampshire College and looks out on the Holyoke Mountain Range.

Here are the many ways you can explore the world of picture books at The Carle:

Experience the beauty of original picture book art created by Eric Carle and other renowned artists in three spacious galleries.

Create your own work of art in our hands-on Art Studio.

Enjoy films, lectures, live theatre, and musical performances in the Auditorium.

Relax in our Reading Library, with its collection of more than 4,500 picture books, and join in our unique Storytime.

Tour The Barbara Elleman Research Library and its collection of scholarly works to learn more about illustrated children’s literature.

Bring your own picnic for dining in our Café or eat in our orchard. Healthy snacks from Berkshire Naturals are available for purchase.

Shop for the best picture books and picture book-inspired gifts at The Carle Bookshop.


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