Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Master Plan


The Eric Carle Museum is a 43,000 square-foot facility, located on 7.5 acres in Amherst, Massachusetts. The museum was constructed in 2001 and opened in November 2002 as the first full-scale museum in the United States devoted to picture books. The building’s public spaces consist of three exhibition galleries; an art studio; an auditorium for performances, films, lectures; a library of 4,500 books.

Kohler Ronan worked with Museum Insights to create a long-term facility master plan in 2015. The master plan is a roadmap for the building’s current shortcomings as well as expansion and energy goals envisioned for future improvements to the museum. The plan included a detailed equipment maintenance and replacement outline for short term needs, capital improvements for long term transformative upgrades, as well as energy benchmarking and future goals for improvement. We worked with the buildings leadership team to create a thoughtful and achievable long-term plan taking into account their resources and future needs.


SIZEEst. 43,000 square feet