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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002-3357
+1 413-658-1100
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Nice Art but lots of empty space

The illustrations on exhibit were of high quality and well worth seeing. However, there was not a... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
RobertMass013
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Ashfield, Massachusetts
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
sati09
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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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125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002-3357
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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

Thank RobertMass013
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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

Thank sati09
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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

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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

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

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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Outstanding collection of original artwork from the books you know and love and many more that you didn't know how much you love until you found out! This museum is all about finding out and discovering new things in the world of book illustrations. The...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

We visited this Museum on 18th March. It was the 49th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Events were arranged throughout the day and little kids had great fun watching movies, making crafts, posing with the caterpillar and dancing with him. There were two galleries...More

1  Thank Deepa S
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

I had been wanting to go to this museum since I drive by several times a week. They have one free entry day each year. This is when I went. It was winter so the outdoor area was not being used but it is obvious...More

1  Thank Wildflower01945
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Reviewed January 17, 2018

Eric Carle's art work is amazing , the vibrant colors of his work adorn the walls ,and the art gallery has interesting and historical accounts of his work. I especially love the bookstore and library that has a wide selection of picture books.The art room...More

1  Thank Jasmine R
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