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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  • Brought the grandkids. Bottom line was we could have gone to A to Z in noho for free and had more fun. Some books and crafts and art, but for the cost to get in, not thrilled.  more »
  • The Eric Carle museum is an absolute gem. Our kids (5 & 8) both greatly enjoyed it. Our oldest loved the artwork that was on display. He especially enjoyed the special exhibit on illustrators and the ...  more »
  • You don't have to be a child - or even be with a child - to enjoy this lovely museum. In a beautiful, spacious building next to an apple orchard on the rolling grounds of Hampshire College. It will br...  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...
  • 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.
  • We took our 9 month old here for family adventure day. He's still a little young for the Art Center, but really seemed to enjoy looking at the pictures. The center staff is helpful and friendly. It is worth the trip out if you enjoy Carle's work.
  • A good, but small museum. We went on a Friday with a 2 year old and a 4 year old. The museum has a great library full of children's books and a nice craft area with staff/volunteers there to help you through a fun craft project. There is also an auditorium where they screen short films. There are kind of two main areas for exhibits, one of which was closed off while they were preparing to change it over. The exhibits themselves took maybe 10 minutes to look through. The building itself and the grounds are beautiful, although it was cold and we didn't spend much time outside. There is also a small cafeteria area with vending machines if you would like a snack or a drink.