The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst

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This mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 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.
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  • I've wanted to visit for years and finally live closer by. Got a free museum pass through my local public library, so we got in for free. I thought it would be bigger, but came to understand the scale...  more »
  • We travel through western Massachusetts every couple of months on our way to visit family. On one trip we stopped at the Norman Rockwell Museum outstanding!!), and on this trip we stopped at the Eric ...  more »
  • My husband and I enjoyed the Eric Carle Museum on our own. Our grandchildren will love it. We'll visit again.  more »
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  • Great for toddlers and elementary aged kids alike. It was loved equally by our kiddos (18 months, 5, and almost 8). Cool place to discover, do some artwork of your own, and have quality time as a family. The museum is on the smaller side and consists mainly of a couple kid friendly gallery spaces, cozy library, art room, and theater. Bonus for parents- there is free coffee in the cafe. And it's good...
  • Small Museum, with a limited on location for and play-space. For the child who like to read or make crafts this is a great Trip. If your children require a lot of physical activities you may need to balance the rest of your day around places to get the energy out. I took my children and we spent much of out time in the Art Studio and the on site Library. I wouldn't expect to spend more then 3 hours here, so call ahead to see if they have the days activities schedule is available. On the day we went we were about to catch one of the story readers, but need to run around and get lunch before we could make the next presentation.
  • This was a nice place. The work they had on display around the different children's books was very very nice. Alot of thought went into the arrangement and it was very enjoyable. Outside of the gallery, in the museum, they had a display of different caterpillars. The gentleman explaining them really made the trip for us. He was passionate, knowledgeable and did a great job explaining the life cycle of caterpillars in ways that we could really appreciate. The place did not have good ventilation. We visited after a snowstorm and the people, babies, lack of ventilation made the place literally smell like a dirty diaper.
  • It's a very small museum, but what they have is very nice. We got free passes from the library for Mother's Day. They have 3 galleries, one was closed. During our visit one was dedicated to Eloise.The second room had a nice gallery of storybook art. Probably best for 7 and up. My 5 year old was bored in the galleries. They have a great library and art room for kids to make their own art.
  • Your don't have to be a child to enjoy this museum. If you like picture books, you will appreciate what they have. There was a very nice David Wiesner exhibit when we went.

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