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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Amherst

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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst
MA
01002
Tel: 413 658 1100

Directions

Free parking (car and bus) is available at the Museum. The Museum is located in Amherst, Massachusetts next to the Hampshire College Campus and the National Yiddish Book Center.

Where are we going today?

Everyone loves a good picture book! Kids love to look at them, and parents love to read them! And now, you can make your day out all about picture books at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art!

The mission of this fabulously creative museum is simple - they want to inspire kids to read, and fall in love with art, all through picture books. It's the place for it too, as it's the only full-scale picture book museum of it's kind in the whole of the USA - that's pretty amazing!

The Eric Carle Museum collects, preserves, and presents incredible picture books from all around the world, in a way that they are celebrated. It gives kids a chance to look at picture books in a whole new light. They will see the culture and history surrounding each one, and they can see how picture books differ from country to country.

Want to hear something VERY amazing? The museum have over 13,000 objects, and 6,600 permanent collection illustrations in it's galleries, so that is a lot of picture books to check out!

They also have an art studio, THREE art galleries, libraries, and a theater for you to spend time with. Parents will love the fact they have educational programs for families too!

Across the year, they feature different exhibitions, which change, so you can always go back and know you are finding something new and exciting. 

There is a permanent collection of quintessential works, with a host of additional collections, which change every 3 to 6 months.

Although the exhibits are not interactive in nature the Public Drop In Art Program is open whenever the museum is and welcomes all ages to try their hand at some creative activities.

You never know how the museum might inspire kids - perhaps they will become an illustrator themselves!

Have fun kids!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$6
  • Free Under: 12 months
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 4pm Tues - Fri / 10am - 5pm Sat / 12pm - 5pm Sun

Closed major holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

Art Studio activities reflect the national standards for art education. It's a great way for kids to learn!.

I'm Hungry!

The cafe doesn't sell food but there is a vending machine with snacks in there..

Healthy Eating!

You can bring your own food and eat it in the cafe or outside.

Any Top Tips?

You are asked to tell the kids that they're to look with their eyes rather than hands!.

Can I get one of those?

Take your pocket money because there is a store where you can pick up books of your very own!.

More information

If you become a member you receive 15% discount in the shop, and free admission!.

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    Though the museum is spacious, there isn't a lot to do. The biggest thing to do is, of course, in the art room. You would think that for the price of admission that a child could get a second piece of paper to drawn on, but that was not the case. Seems pretty ridiculous for an art museum.

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    Fun arts and crafts activities for kids, extensive library of books and comfortable chairs to read them in. A little short on other activities, but good for 2 hours or so.

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    We couldn't wait to get there. My 4 year old son and I have been reading many of Eric Carle's beautiful, colorful picture books. We expected the museum to be as exciting and colorful as his books if not better...but were were sadly mistaken. You walk into this huge museum to tons of white walls, huge glass windows and doors and empty space. This place was designed to be some high tech or upper-scaled art museum...not a art museum of children's books. There are 4 giant paintings hung on the hallway wall that my 4 year old could have done...and that...Read More

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    Fun place

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We couldn't wait to get there. My 4 year old son and I have been reading many of Eric Carle's beautiful, colorful picture books. We expected the museum to be as exciting and colorful as his books if not better...but were were sadly mistaken. You walk into this huge museum to tons of white walls, huge glass windows and doors and empty space. This place was designed to be some high tech or upper-scaled art museum...not a art museum of children's books. There are 4 giant paintings hung on the hallway wall that my 4 year old could have done...and that was the best part!!! Then you go into the galleries... all of the picture book art was drab at best; matted in large off white and wooden frames on beige walls. Half of the art was hung low and then they tell you not to touch them. That's like putting a candy in front of a kid and telling them they can't have it. My first thought was "where is all the color?" Out of all the billions of picture books out there, they chose to hang a bunch of sad pictures from a handful of classic tales...and that was only the first gallery. The second gallery was smaller and housed work from one artist/writer. And all the pictures in there were from a single book, so many of them looked the same. Then we finally went to the third gallery...the Eric Carle gallery. I let out a huge sigh as I stepped in there. What a disappointment. Out of all the works the man has done, why these pictures? Why have 3 prints of the same thing in different mediums? They still looked exactly the same. And where was all the color? Almost all the photos were black and white and some of the art was also black and white. This was not anything like our collection of Eric Carle picture books! Where was all the wonderful stories of Eric Carle??? This museum does not represent Eric Carle! We spent less than 1 hour there and we looked at everything multiple times and did their a to z scavenger hunt. The saving grace to this museum was it's library. There were thousands of books...real picture books!...and some activities and toys in there for the kids. I felt like tearing out a few pages and taping them up in the galleries. We spent over half of our visit in the library. If you want to play with a few toys and read a bunch of children's books, go to the library instead. Do not waste your money going here. What a real disappointment. There is more color and fascinating artwork on my refrigerator than in this museum.

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