Mayborn Museum

Special Exhibits

Very Eric Carle

Very Eric Carle:

A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

January 26, 2019 – May 12, 2019

At this play-and-learn exhibit, visitors step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books. His classic “Very” series, all illustrated in his hand-painted tissue paper collage technique, introduces five special insects who take journeys of discovery. Each story is a testament to Eric Carle’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity, and the power of imagination.

Exhibit Features:

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Very Hungry

Very Hungry Caterpillar Journey

Be the caterpillar as you follow his path, eating foods on your journey toward becoming a butterfly. When you have reached the end, you are now ready to spread your wings and experience the beauty of the world around you.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Butterfly Shadow Theater

Create your very own beautiful butterfly using light and color through shadow play. Manipulate pieces of translucent materials to transform the butterfly wings with beautiful colors and shapes.

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Very Busy

Very Busy Spider Walking Web

Work as hard as The Very Busy Spider when you step through this giant, web-like structure. This activity will test your dexterity, strength and flexibility as you move across the challenging surface. When you have reached a comfortable spot, you can rest, watch others, and feel proud of what you just accomplished.

Very Busy Spider Weaving Wall

Spin your own web on a large weaving wall. Make your web as big or as small as you would like, experimenting with a variety of stringy materials. Don’t let anything distract you as you work to finish your web masterpiece—maybe you’ll even catch a fly.

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Very Clumsy

Very Clumsy Click Beetle Playscape

Test your balance as you rummage across a pile of pebbles, crawl through tall blades of grass, step from stepping stone to stepping stone and walk across the stem of a poppy flower in this unique and playful landscape. You can challenge yourself to master new skills, and persevere like The Very Clumsy Click Beetle.

Very Clumsy Click Beetle Piano

Practice makes perfect when you try to make the click beetle flip on the wooden keys and land right side up. Listen for the clicking sound as you watch the hand-made beetle flip and fly across the undulating instrument.

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Very Lonely

Very Lonely Firefly Find Your Light Interactive Video

Everyone wants to find a friend, just like The Very Lonely Firefly. Move your hands and body to lure a firefly toward your light. Work with others to attract multiple fireflies and try to form a group of the beautiful lit insects.

Photo Op

Capture your very own Very Eric Carle memory at the Very You photo op wall. Choose a card printed with a ‘Very’ character or put on a pair of butterfly wings to strike a pose for the camera. With Eric Carle’s beautiful blue paper as a backdrop, use your own camera or phones, or plan a formal program around this interactive experience.

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Very Quiet

Very Quiet Cricket Night Symphony

Touch The Very Quiet Cricket and his friends in this interactive relief mural to trigger a sound and create a one of a kind musical composition. The various insect sounds harmonize together to make a unique symphony comprised of rhythms and sounds found in nature.

3D Character Puzzles

Bring the characters off the page and build them in three dimensions. Assemble the parts of each of the five title characters to create large scale versions of the insects or create a new, mixed-up insect from your imagination.

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The Studio

The Studio is a flexible work space that provides room for collaborative art projects, as well as individual collage making. Be inspired by Eric Carle and his imaginative vision of the natural world. Through hands-on exploration of materials and techniques, the Studio connects visitors to the artist and his playful approach of creating illustrated book art. A display of his original hand-painted papers gives visitors an up close view of his process.

Videos and Reading Zones

Explore visual literacy and reading through words, pictures and video. Listen to Eric Carle read his stories and talk about his process, or read your own favorite Eric Carle story to a friend.


The Gallery consists of 24 giclees that depict images from The Very Series, and the artistic evolution of those characters.


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Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit was co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.



SpaceX: Now This is Rocket Science

SpaceX: Now This is Rocket Science

SpaceX has become a vital part of the industrial and social fabric of central Texas. This new exhibit features a rocket model and thruster engine, projection video, vibrant scale representation of our solar system, and some history of the rocket development and test facility in the local community of McGregor, TX. Because, as we like to say: To go to Mars, you have to go through McGregor.

This exhibit was made possible through generous support and collaboration from SpaceX, and will be on display through fall 2019.

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Coming Soon

Be the Astronaut

Be the Astronaut

May 25, 2019 – September 8, 2019

Learn about the challenges and exhilaration of spaceflight, then apply that knowledge as virtual crew members guide you through interactive missions flying spaceships, piloting landers, and driving rovers. Traveling exhibit from Eureka Exhibits.

Cosmic Canvas Contest

Cosmic Canvas Contest

April 26 - May 21, 2019

Kids 12 and under can enter their space-themed artwork via social media or in person for a chance to win passes to Be the Astronaut and have their artwork displayed in the exhibit!