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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Visit the carle


Guided Programs for Youth & Students

The Carle’s mission is to meet the educational needs of all groups. Our programs are designed to support the Core Curriculum and Standards for art education, focusing on careful observation, critical thinking, and discussion. During Guided Programs, a Museum educator gives a brief museum orientation followed by both Gallery and Studio experiences, each 30 – 40 minutes in length depending on the age of the participants.

Make a Reservation

After reading the information below, please complete our online Group Program Reservation Form to request the right Group Tour for you. Reservations are required and need to be made at least three weeks in advance. We request two weeks' notice for all cancellations.

You can prepare for your visit by reviewing the Guided Program Checklist (PDF) and selecting pre-visit and post-visit activities from our Resources for Visiting Groups.

Program Availability

Guided Group Programs are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays September through February and Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from March through June.  We do not offer Guided Programs during July and August.

Programs begin at 9:30 am or 11:30 am.

For sample schedules, see Guided Program Schedules for Youth & Students.

Group Size

Minimum of 10 participants

Maximum of 50 participants (For groups larger than 50, please inquire.)

Groups of 25 or more will be divided into 2 groups.


The Museum requires groups to bring 1 chaperone for every 6 students. Chaperones are admitted free of charge and must remain with their group at all times. One-on-one aides are admitted free and are not counted in the chaperone ratio. Additional Adults will be charged the regular Museum Admission fee and may be asked to tour the Museum separately from the group.


$6 Admission for Students/Youths plus a $25 Guide Fee for each group of 25 Students/Youths

Museum Memberships and passes do not apply to group programs.

If the cost of a bus prohibits your group from visiting The Carle consider a Big Yellow School Bus Grant (Massachusetts schools only).

Lunch at the Museum

On a space-available basis Guided Programs are invited to eat their own lunches in the Café. Reservations must be made in advance. Weather permitting, the Courtyard is available for picnics.

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