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“A little gem”

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Ranked #2 of 27 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.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

The artwork on exhibit was varied and delightful. The bookstore is fantastic, too. Anyone who enjoys the art in children's book will love the museum.

Thank Andy Z
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Been wanting to go to the Eric Carle Art Museum and finally got there last weekend for the puppet theatre performance. Used a library pass for general admission. Nice facility. Galleries, cafeteria, library, art room, auditorium, bookstore, grounds. Could easily spend hours there if you wanted to take it all in and read books that go with the displayed exhibits.
I did a quick walk through, watched the 45 minutes performance, bought a book in the bookstore, and did an art project in the art room. The library is attractively set up like a living room. Lots and lots of books. I will need to come back sometime when I have more time to sit back and leisurely take it all in.

Thank Doris S
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Love the museum but the bookstore is fantastic. So fun to read through so many creative children's books.

Thank nickell233
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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.

1  Thank Calhu
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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.

Thank Dale P
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