The museum is dedicated to illustration of picture books. It is a unique spot and a very picturesque location among an apple orchard. The art room is a great stop for kids and adults of all ages. Everyone is welcoem to try out the project of the day adn teh room also has a corner with felt boards and toys for those children who are done before the rest of the family. There is also a daily storytime (at least once a day) in the small library which has books alphabetized by illustrator. The library/storytime room also has nice toys and puzzles for the youngest audience. Aside from that, there are three galleries with rotating exhibits (sometimes Eric Carle's work). The galleries all contain a few boxes of picture books (of the illustrator on display) so those who do not want to walk among teh art can sit and read or see it in the actual book and have the ability to touch it. There is often an event or play being performed so check the website before planning a visit. The cafe allows for outside food and the overall feel is very family friendly. Even the bathrooms have Eric Carle's artwork on the tiles and one of the toilets is "toddler size". A great spot to stop, but it is not an all day activity. Just the right size.
This museum contains more than 40,000 square feet and features picture book art from around the world. Founded by Eric Carle, author and illustrator of the popular and beloved children’s books The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Tiny Seed, the museum will fascinate your children while subtly encouraging a love of books. Guest picture book artist exhibits are on display; see if you recognize any of your favorite books! Book signings, lectures, creative crafts, and storytelling all bring the process of illustration and the art of the story to life. Pick up a family guide upon arrival for the best ideas on exploring the museum. There are a nice cafe, library, and museum shop on-site. Insider tip: Eric Carle still does an annual book signing in the summer. Check the museum’s Web site for further information on the exact date as it changes every year.