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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.

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February 2019

The Eric Carle Museum, Exhibits

February 6 - March 24
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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All: A Look into LGBTQ Representation in Picture Books, through July 28, 2019,  Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault, through April 21, 2019. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50, through March 24, 2019 All: A Look into LGBTQ Representation in Picture Books August 1, 2018 - July 28, 2019 An exhibition of digital reproductions Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) representations in picture books work to build empathy while reinforcing the validity of different identities. All: A Look into LGBTQ Representation in Picture…

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The Eric Carle Museum, Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00pm, repeating until February 22, 2019

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume character will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes! Feb 18 & 19, Feb 21 & 22 Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint February 6 - March 19, 2019 All day Free with Museum Admission Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolor pencils and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Special Storytime

February 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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In Adam Gudeon’s Peeper and Zeep, two accidental friends use innovation, trial and error, and some help from an unusual acquaintance to find their way home again. Through it all, Peeper the bird and Zeep the alien learn the meaning of friendship and family. Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. Free with Museum Admission

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The Eric Carle Museum, Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00pm, repeating until February 22, 2019

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume character will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes! Feb 18 & 19, Feb 21 & 22 Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint February 6 - March 19, 2019 All day Free with Museum Admission Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolor pencils and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Treehouse Adventure

February 20 @ 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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The show must go on in this new hip-hop musical, Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure. When the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to Elizabethan England  they meet William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare is having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare? This production is appropriate for…

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The Eric Carle Museum, Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00pm, repeating until February 22, 2019

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume character will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes! Feb 18 & 19, Feb 21 & 22 Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint February 6 - March 19, 2019 All day Free with Museum Admission Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolor pencils and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00pm, repeating until February 22, 2019

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume character will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes! Feb 18 & 19, Feb 21 & 22 Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint February 6 - March 19, 2019 All day Free with Museum Admission Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolor pencils and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00pm, repeating until February 22, 2019

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume character will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes! Feb 18 & 19, Feb 21 & 22 Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint February 6 - March 19, 2019 All day Free with Museum Admission Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolor pencils and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

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The Eric Carle Museum, Workshop

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Drawing for the Terrified! Join artist B.Z. Reily in this friendly workshop designed to get pencil to paper. Take inspiration from the exhibition, Out of The Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Have fun with drawing and pick up tips and skills along the way. February 25, 10:00am - 3:00pm $60 (Members $51) Adult workshop, ages 16 and up See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

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March 2019

The Eric Carle Museum, Special Storytime

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend. Free with Museum admission.

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The Eric Carle Museum, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Celebrate the Caterpillar's special day at The Carle! Throughout the day, you can enjoy a special art studio project, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunt, films, storytimes, and a visit from the Caterpillar Lab! Free with Museum Admission.

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