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“Love the books, not the museum”

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 10 August 2014

I found this museum completely over rated! They have an Arts & Crafts room when you first walk in, which is the best part of the place for kids. Everything else isn't all that kid friendly, which you'd kind of think it would be, being a children's book author and all.

After our first visit 2 years ago, we didn't really think we'd be going back any time soon. Just this past year, they had a Mo Willems exhibit. Again, it was geared a lot more towards the adults, including the artwork and preliminary sketches were hung at adult eye level. We had a good time, great reading the process of his books, but the kids were less than impressed. They were bored within 10 minutes.

They have a cafe, but with only a couple vending machines. I was really surprised at how poorly designed this place is for kids!

Thank Jason B
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This museum will appeal to adults and children alike. Small and manageable with an art studio where everyone can be creative, and an exceptionally good gift shop.

Thank Lucypower48
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

This was the first time for our nine year old granddaughter. I wish we would have had more time. Two hours was definitely not enough. She loved the young artist area. Tissue paper collage is much more challenging than it looks. The scavenger hunt for details in the paintings was also fun and helped her focus on the art work. We were there in time to watch a short movie in the auditorium that was well done and a change of pace.

Seeing the actual artwork from familiar books is so amazing. Even the best quality books never do justice to the original art. The bookstore is too overwhelming for me. There are too many choices. I never buy anything.

Thank Neegi
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Who doesn't love Eric Carle books? We arrived and found the grounds to be clean and parking very convenient. Upon entering the building we saw rooms to do some arts and crafts, read books or buy books. There was one Hungry Caterpillar box like structure for children to sit in and have their picture taken.
Rooms with art work hung on walls many not eye level for children.
I thought due to his writing children's books it would be more kid friendly.
Outside there were lawns to run on but a row of trees and a sculpture "not for climbing" which by the way you would not know as there was only one sign and it was far from the offending structure and trees,

1  Thank MrsM2004
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

The museum was cozy and set in the most beautiful places I gave been. There are several colleges near by to round off the day.

Thank 651rebeccaa
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