Plan Your Visit
Here you’ll find everything you need to know to make the most of your time at The Carle. This short film also gives a preview of what you’ll see and do.
|Summer Museum Hours|
|Thursday – Friday||10 am – 4 pm|
|Saturday||10 am – 5 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm – 5 pm|
The Bookshop, Art Studio, and Reading Library hours are the same as the Museum.
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day. The Museum, including The Carle Bookshop, will be closed to the public from January 1 to January 14, 2022. We will use this time to prep for the new year and for routine building maintenance. During that time, you can reserve tickets for January 15 and beyond. Note: All online shop orders will be fulfilled after we reopen.
To prepare for a new exhibition, we occasionally must close one of The Carle's three galleries. Please check our current exhibitions page to see what is on view. Please note: The Eric Carle Gallery is closed for installation through September 9, 2021.
|Youth (ages 1 to 18), Student, Teacher, or Senior||$6|
Purchase Advance Tickets
Reserve admission tickets now to secure a spot as visitor capacity is reduced. Walk-ups are not guaranteed. Members and non-members can make an online reservation for a specific day and arrival time block (morning or afternoon). We ask that visitors arrive during the time block listed on their reservation so we can manage the number of people in the building at a given time. On average, a visit to The Carle lasts 1.5 to 2 hours.
Free and Discounted Admission
Members receive free admission and a 15% discount in the Bookshop. You can also find other ways to save on admissions, including The Carle Community Fund which provides complimentary admission to qualifying families, schools, and educators.
The Carle is located in the town of Amherst in Western Massachusetts. It borders the campus of Hampshire College and the Yiddish Book Center.
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
The Museum is approximately two hours from Boston, one hour and 45 minutes from Albany, and three hours and 15 minutes from New York City. For visitors coming from the east, we recommend taking the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to I-91 north.
By public transportation
Air: Most of the major airlines offer flights to Bradley International Airport, in Windsor
Connecticut, about an hour from Amherst.
Train: Amtrak runs regularly from New York City to Springfield, Massachusetts and, less frequently, to Northampton.
Bus: Peter Pan offers bus service from New York and Boston to Springfield, with connections to Amherst. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) provides local bus service.
Beyond the Galleries
The Carle offers visitors of all ages many ways to experience picture books. Listen to stories or read a favorite book. Make art. Enjoy a picnic or take a wildflower walk!