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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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Fantastic Place for Kids, Book Enthusiasts

I can see why some reviewers seem a bit disappointed, with the 'Eric Carle' name in the title, as... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2018
East Coast
Don’t do museums ??? BROWN BEAR what do you see??

Even if you are like my sister and don’t “do museums,” don’t let the special children in your life... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Sharon F
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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
+1 413-559-6300
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Reviewed August 28, 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

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Reviewed August 9, 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

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Reviewed August 3, 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

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Reviewed July 15, 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

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

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

Reviewed July 14, 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

Thank Cindy D
Reviewed July 8, 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

Thank Katie F
Reviewed June 25, 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

Thank Jamie T
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

Thank RobertMass013
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

1  Thank sati09
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

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