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“Take Your Kids”

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Amherst
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
South Windsor, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Take Your Kids”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Our adult daughter loves children's book and knew of much of Carle's work. We spent an enjoyable few hours admiring the picture art of this man. The museum has many features for children and a lab where they can create their own art using many tools available. Be sure to watch the Eric Carle's story on a 30 minute video in the auditorium.

Visited November 2012
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Kingston, NY
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Nice but very small”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Fun for a short visit if you are in the area or are a real fan of children's book illustration. The building is open and the light good. Parking is easy. The location is way out in the middle of nowhere.

Visited October 2012
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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499 reviews
168 attraction reviews
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“Still love it after visiting again”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The museum is smallish but there's usually plenty to do. The museum changes its exhibits often, there's a large library of children's books, and a first class arts center with different projects on most days. The membership is reasonable and would pay for itself if you plan on visiting again. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

Visited September 2012
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E Longmeadow, MA
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Small, just ok”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

The interior space is light, open and airy, which made the shows on exhibit seem even smaller. Very little was on display and it seems that it was designed to be that way. The only up side is that it's not far from Atkins Farm!

Visited April 2012
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Rockville, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Charming”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Charming exhibits -- Eric Carle's work plus a special one on Ezra Jack Keats ("The Snowy Day" children's author). Well-displayed w/ fascinating bio. stuff & examples of how they worked & how it was received & who influenced them & who they influenced. Great gift shop, children's programming & art studio, special films, and a huge children's book library. Free parking, & reasonable entrance fee (discount for students). Don't miss it if you love children's books!

Visited September 2012
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