We were so fortunate to have my sister and her family visit this past week. So we got to play tourists in our own area. There is so much to see in New England. You can visit historic sites, beaches, major cities, many museums and so much more. There were 2 places that they really wanted to visit – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and The Basketball Hall of Fame. I had visited the Basketball Hall of Fame shortly after they opened in their new building (shaped like a basketball) and I had never been to the Eric Carle Museum.
Now being a frugal traveler, I didn’t want to pay full price to visit the museums. So before we went, I stopped by our local library and picked up museum passes for the 2 sites. That allowed 6 of us (2 adults and 4 kids) to get in free to the Eric Carle Museum. That saved us $40. And we got reduced admission to the Basketball Hall of Fame, saving us $30. When you have people visiting you, check out your library to see if they have museum passes. Ours has passes for most of the major tourist attractions.
Today I’ll talk about the Eric Carle Museum and tomorrow I’ll talk about the Basketball Hall of Fame.
We started our day at the Eric Carle Museum. It is a fairly new museum. It’s very clean and bright in the foyer. They have an auditorium where they show videos of some of Eric Carle’s work. They also have a studio where kids can make art work. Then there are a few galleries of picture book art. One of them is focused on Eric Carle’s work. The other galleries showcase picture book art. Our kids loved a scavenger hunt that they have in the Eric Carle gallery. There is a list of items that they have to find in gallery (items in the pictures or showcases). They check off the items as they find them. After they find all of the items, they take their sheet to the front desk where they are given a Very Hungry Caterpillar tattoo.
While I liked the museum, I’m not sure I would worth the “list” admission price unless you’re really into children’s books. If your kids like art work, the studio would be a really fun outing. For some reason, our kids all got really shy when we went into the studio so we didn’t get the full benefit of the museum.
I was really surprised how much our kids liked the museum considering they are out of the age for picture books. Their favorite part was the scavenger hunt. And the museum has a great gift shop. You can buy limited print lithographs of Eric Carle’s work along with many kids books, decorating items for kids rooms and other kids items.
You are not allowed to take pictures in the galleries so I don’t have many pictures. I only have one that my sister took in the art studio.