The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Founded in part by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum's goal to foster connections between visual and verbal literacy and to provide visitors of all ages and backgrounds with the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.
The Museum features three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on art studio, an auditorium for performances and lectures, a comfortable library for reading and storytelling, a café serving simple and delicious fare, and a museum shop stocked with creative gifts and old and new picture book favorites. The 40,000 square foot museum opened to the public on November 22, 2002 and is located in the culturally vibrant Five College Area of Western Massachusetts.