Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Naturescape Gallery

Naturescape Gallery is a rotating art exhibit featuring artists from Cape Cod as well as the New England area.  The exhibit is located in the museum's auditorium adjacent to the entrance. Free with Museum Admission.


Beach Garbage

By artist Suzanna Nickerson

February 15 – April 30, 2020. * 

Free with Museum Admission

 Suzanna’s work with beach garbage started about three years ago as a personal mission: to display in a visually clear way, exactly what she found on beach walks lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. Expressing  herself artistically through collage, arranging color, shapes and texture in dramatic patterns,  allows viewers to see the variety and amount of garbage, primarily plastic garbage, washing up on the shores of our local beaches, impacting the health and well-being of wildlife on shore as well as wildlife in our oceans.

Suzanna grew up in Chatham in an artistic family with little formal training and describes her artwork as “primitive”.

Museum Hours: February-March – Thursday - Sunday 11am-3pm 

April – Wednesday - Sunday 11am-3pm

*Dates for the exhibition are subject to minor changes. Please call ahead.




Long Term Exhibitors: 

James Prosek

CCMNH is proud to present the work of artist, author and naturalist, James Prosek.  His book Ocean Fishes, is a colleciton of 35 Atlantic fishes, all of which were painted life size based on individual specimens he traveled to see, a journey that started right here on Cape Cod.  Naturescape Gallery is exhibiting two of his life-sized Fine Art prints; a Swordfish and a Blue Fin Tuna.   His work has been shown in numerous esteemed galleries. 

Barbara Harmon

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is proud to present  nature illustratror, Barbara Harmon. Her work is created through a combination of traditional art and digital work in Photoshop or Illustrator. The work comes from her solid foundation in traditional “board art” (watercolor, gouache, airbrush, pen and ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, oil, acrylic). A Master’s degree in Medical Illustration (University of Illinois at Chicago) and a Bachelor’s degree in both Zoology and Fine Art (University of California, Berkeley) have provided her with the basics of the academic and technical tools she applies in creating her vivid images.

Barbara’s latest mural can be seen in the Main Hall depicting the four habitats around the Museum; the upland forest, fresh water wetlands, marsh, and the beach.

Barbara won both the People's Choice (Ralph Sweet) Award with the Association of Medical Illustrators', and Best in Show with the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in 2010.

Past Exhibitors:

Reptiles & Amphibians by Wildlife Artist Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson is owner of Stoneridge Art Studios located in the small town of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, where he grew up. His father was a biology teacher and as a child he was exposed to all kinds of animals. As far back as he can remember, he had the same two interests: wildlife and art. He loved the outdoors and in his free time he was either out fishing, searching for turtles and snakes or painting. Today, things haven’t changed much. He is a professional artist and his work reflects his love for nature...particularly reptiles and amphibians.   

In 2010 Matt illustrated his first book titled Freshwater Fish of the Northeast. It won the National Outdoor Book Awards in the category of Design and Artistic Merit. Currently, Matt has illustrated a book that was recently released on reptiles and amphibians titled The Snake and the Salamander Reptiles and Amphibians from Maine to Virginia.  This book just won the National Outdoor Book Awards in the Nature and Environment category.

Matt’s Naturescape Gallery exhibit will encompass prints from The Snake and the Salamander as well as other recent work!

John and Pam King

Dave Holbrook

Bob Dibble

Eve Aspinwall

Kathy Nora

Megan O'Leary