The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Central Massachusetts



Situated in an apple orchard overlooking the Holyoke Range, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, offers city elegance in a country setting for your special day. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. The state-of-the-art facility is about two hours from Boston and a three-hour drive from New York City. The Carle’s contemporary, light-filled spaces can be adapted to suit a variety of needs. A granite-tiled courtyard hosts a picture-perfect ceremony where you’ll say your vows before all your friends and family. Guests will enjoy sipping cocktails and exploring the museum’s unique galleries. An expansive Great Hall hosts a festive reception, full of delicious food, champagne toasts and plenty of dancing. Feel like a kid again and celebrate in style at The Eric Carle Museum.

Venue Style

Museum/Gallery, Modern


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 4:00PM. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $2,500 for a ceremony and reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Please inquire with venue coordinator for ceremony-only wedding availability. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $250/hr. A refundable security deposit of $500 and a $250 membership fee are required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is estimated at between $9,317 and $20,518 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Dance floor
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight