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Eric Carle Museum

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Eric Carle Museum
Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books. His most popular and widely acclaimed book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' was first published in 1969 and has more than 25 million copies in print.

Together with his wife Barbara, Eric Carle founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as the first full-scale museum in The USA devoted to national and international picture book art.

The Museum:

  • Has three Galleries which rotate exhibitions of picture book art from around the world
  • A hands-on Art Studio for creating your own masterpieces
  • An Auditorium for performances, films, and lectures
  • A Library for reading and storytelling
  • A Café
  • A Museum Shop selling gifts and old and new picture book favorites.

The Address of The Eric Carle Museum

The Museum is located in Amherst, in the Five College area of Western Massachusetts, Eric Carle's home town for more than 25 years.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
T (413) 658-1100 / F (413) 658-1139

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is to inspire, especially in children and their families, an appreciation for and an understanding of the art of the picture book. In fulfilling our mission, we aspire to build bridges to an appreciation of art of every kind and to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy. We deliver this mission by collecting, presenting and celebrating the art of the picture book from around the world and by providing interactive experiences and programs that are engaging and educational.

More About Eric Carle

There are a vast array of products based on Eric Carle's books from Eric Carle Crib Bedding to The Hungry Caterpillar soft toys.

There are also many Eric Carle Activities for teachers and parents to use to bring Eric Carle's book characters to life.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was first written in 1969 and is one of the best-selling books of all time with over 25 million copies in print. Read a book review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by a mother and teacher.

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