Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

For a number of years my wife Bobbie and I dreamt about creating a place where original picture book art could be enjoyed and appreciated. It has been said that picture books are an introduction to literature for the very young reader. We wanted to help build a museum that would be the same thing for the first time museum visitor: an introduction to the experience of looking at art.

In the early 1980’s, Bobbie and I visited picture book museums in Japan, and an early seed of inspiration was planted. Our visit to this beautiful country where picture book art was exhibited and honored, helped to set us on our course toward opening the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

We were interested in developing enthusiasts for the art of picture books and in encouraging habit of museum going in our younger visitors. Children’s picture book art is the introduction to art for young people, and we wanted to show the highest examples of that art to demonstrate the beauty, the seriousness and the fun of it. We wanted to create a museum that exhibits the work of national and international picture book artists. We believe the Museum has and will continue to fulfill our dreams and aspirations. The 40,000 sq. ft. building itself is a beautiful, spacious and light-filled space with a large main hall, three galleries, a café, an art studio, an auditorium and a museum shop. Since its opening in 2002, the Museum has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors. We hope you will come for a visit soon!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art