Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst

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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a museum devoted to the art of the picture book and especially the children's book. It is a member of Museums10 and is adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Carle was founded by Eric and Barbara Carle, and designed by Juster Pope Frazier Architects.
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  • This is a small museum. Its targeted to young children. The galleries have wonderful interactive games and crafts for toddlers, pre-school and young school aged children. Adults will find it... 
    This is a small museum. Its targeted to young children. The galleries have wonderful interactive games and crafts for toddlers, pre-school and young school aged children. Adults will find it...  more »
  • The Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum is as much an Art Museum as it is a place for kids to "discover" old friends (in particular, the Hungry Caterpillar) and to be creative (with assistance... 
    The Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum is as much an Art Museum as it is a place for kids to "discover" old friends (in particular, the Hungry Caterpillar) and to be creative (with assistance...  more »
  • We recently took a 10 day trip out east and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art was definitely on our to-do list especially with me being a retired 1st grade teacher. I knew of the museum and its... 
    We recently took a 10 day trip out east and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art was definitely on our to-do list especially with me being a retired 1st grade teacher. I knew of the museum and its...  more »
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  • We love all of Eric Carle’s books, so we made it a point to stop during a recent trip. This is incredibly well done, and a nice tribute to Eric’s works. I recommend starting off to the left of the reception to learn about the man behind the books. That really helped frame the rest of the visit for us. I can see with younger kids, you could spend hours here. There is a artwork studio where kids can create their own pieces. There are grounds outside for a picnic. We went just to tour on our own, and we were done in a little less than an hour. I’m glad we stopped and visited.
  • This museum is incredible. It has galleries that are beautiful and interesting for adults and kids alike, a daily art activity for kids, a library to read and okay, an auditorium with daily screenings, story time, and more. My children loved exploring and I loved seeing the diversity of picture books and other children’s literature. It’s extremely affordable, extremely fun, and everyone should visit. Also, the bathrooms are all gender and incredibly accessible, which shows their commitment to welcoming everyone.
  • Loved all the artworks using collage and tissue paper, something I hadn't appreciated before. The art that goes into children's books is absolutely beautiful. Aside from their collection, I also recommend this museum due to them incorporating interactivity for children: from opportunities to read a picture book, to drawing your favorite pet, and finally wrapping up the visit in the art studio! Also glad to see that the museum is enforcing masks.
  • It is a cute venue. I worked as part of a catering team who hosted events and catered weddings at this venue. Recently I went to an intimate concert featuring a Spanish classical guitarist that was absolutely lovely. This isn't a particularly interactive museum but it hosts a wonderful children's library, colorful art and encourages children to be creative. It's a beautiful venue. It is very chic and modern. It boasts a minimalist design. It is a small museum but one with heart.
  • This was the perfect place to bring our 3.5 year old daughter. She played with toys in the library, ran around outside during storytime in the old apple orchard, made art in the studio, and played in the art exhibit. If we lived locally, this would be a regular stop for us.

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