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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


Upcoming Events

In The Auditorium

Tom Knight Puppets Presents The Garbage Monster and Other Songs

August 30, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
*$4 (Members $3)

Enjoy this collection of songs and skits about animals, the environment, food, and books for children of all ages. Favorites include "Alligator Jump," "The Garbage Monster," and “Henry the Magician,” plus songs from Tom’s most recent CD The Classroom Boogie! For more information, photos, and music videos visit

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

August 31, 2014

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Gallery Talk: Simms Taback: Art by Design with Chief Curator Nick Clark

September 6, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Chief Curator Nick Clark for a guided tour of the special exhibition Simms Taback: Art by Design.

“Tuck me in and read a story and everything will be O. K.,” © 2007 by Simms Taback. The Collection of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Gift of Gail Taback, Jason Taback, and Lisa Taback Deane. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers Group.

In The Museum

Museum Book Club: Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

September 13, 2014
Free with Museum Admission (sign up online)

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 13, 2014

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 27, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two.

Please note: The Carle will be closing at 4:00 pm for a private event.



In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 27, 2014

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Educators' Night with Lois Lowry

October 2, 2014

Please call (413) 658-1126 to be added to the waitlist.
There is still space available for PechaKucha presenters. Please see link below for more information.

The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators' Night on October 2, 2014 featuring a presentation and book signing with award-winning author Lois Lowry, as well as PechaKucha presentations from educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. The event begins at 3:30 pm and is free and open to all educators as space permits. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 658-1126.

Share your passion and ideas for teaching through the arts by submitting a PechaKucha presentation proposal!
PechaKucha Information and Application

Schedule of events

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Browse the Museum, collect free materials for your classroom and enjoy light refreshments (Great Hall)

4:30 – 5:15 pm
Educating through the Arts PechaKucha presentations (Auditorium)

5:15 – 5:30 pm
Intermission (Refreshments available in Great Hall)

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Lois Lowry (Auditorium)

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with Lois Lowry (Great Hall)

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Perfect Pets

October 8 - November 18, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Make a collage of your family’s pet - or the pet you wish you had – with an array of cut paper shapes inspired by Eric Carle’s many animal collages.

In The Art Studio

The Family Collage Workshop

October 26, 2014
11:00am - 1:00pm
$25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)

Be a collage artist like Eric Carle for the day and use your imagination with a variety of cutting and gluing projects for the whole family! We’ll create a set of painted papers to turn into Carle-inspired animal collages, and take a trip to the art galleries and look at works by Eric Carle and Simms Taback for ideas and inspiration.

Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 16 - March 20, 2015

(30 PDPs) The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools' history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational. Learn more.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

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