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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Closed Now: 12:00 - 17:00
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Colorful and neat

Honestly, I did not know who Eric Carle was, but my wife's a reading teacher, and for her, this was... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Buffalo, New York
A small gem

If you have ever read books to young children chances are good that you have read an Eric Carle... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a stunning, 40,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the Five College area of Western MA is loved by families, art aficionados and book lovers alike. The Museum houses three Galleries with rotating...more
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125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002-3357
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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

If you have ever read books to young children chances are good that you have read an Eric Carle book. His most famous book is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ which is 50 years old this year. The museum was created by Carle and his wife....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

Honestly, I did not know who Eric Carle was, but my wife's a reading teacher, and for her, this was a "mecca." I loved my time at this place because the imagery was colorful and lively. Eric Carle's most famous work is a children's book...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Even if you are like my sister and don’t “do museums,” don’t let the special children in your life miss out on this one! Color reigns ever so beautifully! Several large kid-friendly galleries have interactive displays of Paddington Bear, Eric Carle and several other children’s...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Sharon F
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. My wife and I were in Amherst with an extra hour, and saw the Eric Carle Museum on Google Maps. It was en route so we stopped. Three first-rate exhibits: Eric Carle sample works and his timeline; Paddington bear drawings;...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

I recently visited this museum with my kids (ages 3, 5, and 11) and can say they all really enjoyed it for different reasons. We started our visit in the arts and crafts room, where they could make a picture on a construction paper cutout...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

For children, but as adults it was awesome! Whether going down memory lane of your childhood or appreciating amazing illustrators, this place in the middle of nowhere is amazing and well thought out! Great for families or adults and the gift shop can be enjoyed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Sandra S, Manager at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Thank you so much for your review and for visiting The Carle!

Reviewed 14 July 2018

I am a huge fan of Eric Carle and children's literature. I really liked the timeline depicting his life and how he creates his art for his illustrations. I also liked the idea of having a craft room to create as he did. However, there...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cindy D
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This is a beautiful little museum! The galleries themselves are true art galleries, although they do have some things for children to play with and interact with there as well. We were there for the Paddington exhibit which was neat to see. The library was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Katie F
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

What an unexpected and such a extremely delightful surprise to run across this museum while visiting Amherst!! So well curiated and laidout and a must see for all ages!! Such a talented and warm gentleman to bring so much happiness to so many children around...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jamie T
Reviewed 12 May 2018

The illustrations on exhibit were of high quality and well worth seeing. However, there was not a lot of space devoted to art. Huge halls for assembling, meeting, eating or chatting dominated the museum's space. The trend toward near empty spaces can be seen in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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