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!
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.Get directions
The cafe doesn't sell food but there is a vending machine with snacks in there.
You are asked to tell the kids that they're to look with their eyes rather than hands!
Take your pocket money because there is a store where you can pick up books of your very own!
Art Studio activities reflect the national standards for art education. It's a great way for kids to learn!
You can bring your own food and eat it in the cafe or outside
If you become a member you receive 15% discount in the shop, and free admission!