Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is located in Amherst, Massachusetts adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College.
Bring the family and spend the day at the museum that is dedicated to picture book art! Browse the museum and enjoy the cartoon art we were first introduced to as children that helped shape and develop literacy.
Eric Carle is the author/illustrator responsible for more than 70 books, including the popular children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. The brainchild of Eric Carle and his wife Barbara, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art opened its doors in 2002 with the goal of bringing to light the connection between visual and verbal literacy and an opportunity for individuals to discover their own creative personality.
Children and adults are encouraged to create their own picture book art in the Art Studio after gathering their inspiration from the galleries. Materials are supplied free of charge!
Stop in at the Library, considered to be the museum’s Living Room! Select a book from the more than 3,000 volumes, sit, relax and enjoy or join in the weekly “Story time”.
The Auditorium has events scheduled for the entire family; performances based upon picture book stories are the most fun! There are also lectures by well-known illustrators and documentary-type films related to illustration.
If you find yourself immersed and have lost track of time and hunger strikes…not to worry, The Carle Café offers healthy snacks, soups, sandwiches and their signature Caterpillar Cookies!
Hard to find picture books, art supplies, postcards, toys and lithographs of picture book art can all be found in the gift shop.
For information about hours of operation and special events, visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art website.
The Pioneer Valley Hotel Group properties are conveniently located near all area activities. Each hotel is staffed with friendly and experienced personnel and it is their goal to help make your visit a memorable one. Stays at the Comfort Inn Hadley – Amherst are eligible for participation in Choice Privileges® and at the Hampton Inn Hadley / Amherst, participation in Hilton HHonors®.