Monday, April 30, 2012

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

   We visited the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst over the weekend. For those that aren't familiar with him, Eric Carle is a children's book author and illustrator. He has written more than 70 children's books, including the popular books The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider. Apparently, he also lived in Northampton for over 30 years!  

   The museum consists of three galleries of artwork including Mr. Carle's work and rotating exhibitions of picture book art. Unfortunately, I couldn't take any pictures of the inside of the galleries but there are previews of current art exhibitions on the website. The museum also has an adorable gift shop (with tons of items that would be perfect for decorating a baby's nursery!), a library with story hours for preschoolers, cafe, and a drop in art studio where your child can create his or her own work of art.

   For more information on the museum or Eric Carle, visit or

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