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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org

About the Museum

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country.

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Hours:

Hours from September through June

  • Tuesday – Friday* 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • *Open Monday through Friday during the Massachusetts February and April school vacation weeks.

Hours in July and August

  • Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Holiday Closures: Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

The Lord Jeffery Inn/ Eric Carle Museum Package

Picture everything Eric Carle! Enjoy this unique museum experience with your family. Begin your stay with in-room snacks for the family and new plush friends for the kids.

Then head on off to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with admission for four and a gift card to get you started in the gift shop.  Finally, start each morning off right with breakfast for four in our restaurant, 30Boltwood.

Rates starting at $293

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August 2018

The Eric Carle Museum, Special Sundays in the Studio

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Eric Carle Museum, Reading Buddy Dogs

August 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Monday, repeating until August 27, 2018

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Mondays in July and August Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. Free with Museum Admission. Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs; Reservations required; call 413-559-6336 or email info@carlemuseum.org.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Little Kids Yoga

August 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2018

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Tuesdays in July and August This specially designed yoga class for children and their adult caregivers brings everyone together to join in the yoga fun! Classes take place outside in the new meadow! Yoga activities include a welcoming circle, breathing time, sun salutations, and movements inspired by what we see in nature. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi family, there is something for everyone. Ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Free with Museum Admission. Reservations required; call 413-559-6336 or email info@carlemuseum.org.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Reading Buddy Dogs

August 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Monday, repeating until August 27, 2018

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Mondays in July and August Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. Free with Museum Admission. Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs; Reservations required; call 413-559-6336 or email info@carlemuseum.org.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Little Kids Yoga

August 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2018

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Tuesdays in July and August This specially designed yoga class for children and their adult caregivers brings everyone together to join in the yoga fun! Classes take place outside in the new meadow! Yoga activities include a welcoming circle, breathing time, sun salutations, and movements inspired by what we see in nature. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi family, there is something for everyone. Ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Free with Museum Admission. Reservations required; call 413-559-6336 or email info@carlemuseum.org.

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September 2018

The Eric Carle Museum, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50!

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Join us for a variety of programs in celebration of The Carle’s special exhibition, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50. Carle will share stories and memories of his signature picture book during a day of events and each participant will receive a book ticket to purchase in the museum shop an early release copy that day only of the 50th Anniversary Golden Edition of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" signed by him. Cost for the book, which is being officially released Oct. 9,…

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