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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002-3357
+1 413-559-6300
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Amazing place!!

For children, but as adults it was awesome! Whether going down memory lane of your childhood or... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
RDJemison
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Detroit, Michigan
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It really could be so much more.

I am a huge fan of Eric Carle and children's literature. I really liked the timeline depicting his... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cindy D
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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 exhibitions of picture book art from around the world, and a permanent collection which includes works by artists such as Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni, and Rosemary Wells. A hands-on Art Studio allows visitors to create their own masterpiece any time the Museum is open. The Auditorium hosts regular live performances, daily films, and frequent lectures and guest appearances by renowned authors and illustrators. The comfortable Reading Library is the perfect spot to settle in with a book and a friend, or take in Storytime. The Museum Shop, called by Parent's Choice "the very best bookstore for picture books in the entire world," is stocked with unique gifts and a beautiful array of picture books.
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  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“all ages” (25 reviews)
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125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002-3357
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+1 413-559-6300
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank Cindy D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Katie F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed May 12, 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

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Reviewed April 23, 2018

I can see why some reviewers seem a bit disappointed, with the 'Eric Carle' name in the title, as this museum is not huge, but wow! How great it is! Perfect spot for kids to do a bit of art and reading. Saw several lovely...More

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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

What a fun day trip from the Berkshires! Visited with our 7 and 8 year old sons. Stopped first at the art studio for some hands-on crafting. Then head over to explore the galleries. Love how the exhibits offer access points for every age -...More

Thank tuftsgrad
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

This museum tells you a lot of Carle's work and his life. It is a fascinating story. We just read his books to my daughters. Hearing about his life and his artistic methods was very instructive. There are three galleries. One has Carle's work and...More

1  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

I think my expectations were too high. I didn't think the museum had a whole lot to it. Maybe they've added some exhibits since then.

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Reviewed March 31, 2018

The Eric Carle Museum is great! The vibe and the location are both wonderful for kids and adults alike. It definitely IS an art museum, albeit one that appeals strongly to kids- so don't come expecting there to be lots of play structures and hands...More

1  Thank TheLilithian
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