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 w/Museum Admission


The Slate for  2018:  


Sailor’s Valentine

with Artist Gregg Roberts

May 1 ~ June 30, 2018


Cape Cod native and Sailors’ Valentines award winning artist, Gregg Roberts, is a singer, poet and self-taught artisan.  He resides, teaches and maintains a studio in the seaside village of Cotuit, which houses an immense collection of shells and nautical memorabilia used in the creation of his distinctive works.

Gregg created his first Sailors’ Valentines in 1984 following an inspirational recollection of seeing a Sailors’ Valentines on a childhood trip to the maritime museum at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.  From the beginning, his distinctive artistry became apparent as Gregg incorporated his knowledge of knot tying into the traditional shell based style of Barbados based Sailors’ Valentines artists favored by B. H. Belgrave.

Recognition of his talent followed quickly as Gregg participated in the Sanibel Shell Show, the oldest and most prestigious shell craft global competition, and won prizes in the professional sailor’s valentine and jewelry categories. He also has been recognized as one of the country’s most prominent Sailors’ Valentines artists by Grace L. Madeira in her seminal book, Sailors’ Valentines…Their Journey Through Time in which six of his pieces are featured.

Gregg Roberts will be giving a presentation on Sailors’ Valentines at the Museum on Monday, June 11th at 1pm

Free with Museum Admission.


“Cape Cod Night Photography”

by photographer Timothy Little

July 1 ~ August 31, 2018


Timothy is a Cape Cod based photographer specializing in night photography and light painting.  Light painting is an imaging technique that uses a moving light source to add light to an under-illuminated subject while taking a long-exposure photograph. A scene or object can be brought to life by painting with a beam of light, which is spectacularly evident in Little’s images. He’s spent much of the last fifteen years photographing moonlit and starry skies along the Cape’s National Seashore, the Berkshires and abandoned places throughout the southwest United States.  

The exhibit will include selected works showcasing long exposure photography under moonlit skies, light painting, and shorter exposures capturing the expansive Milky Way as it stretches over familiar Cape Cod landscapes.   See the movement of stars as they travel through the exposure. Look closely and you may even see meteors, jetliners and aurora!

Timothy’s work has been featured in Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Life, the Cape Cod Times and Visit Massachusetts among other publications. In 2013, his first book “Cape Cod Nights: A Photographic Exploration of Cape Cod and the Islands” was released by Schiffer Books.   His website, contains the area’s largest collection of night photography.

And, on Monday, July 16th at 11:30am Timothy will be giving a presentation at the Museum in conjunction with his exhibit.  Reservations at 508 896 3867 x133

Museum hours:  July & August ~ Open Daily 9:30am-4pm
Free with Museum Admission


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. 

James Prosek - artist, author and naturalist










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:


Dave Holbrook

Dave Holbrook

Bob Dibble

Bob Dibble











 Eve Aspinwall

 Eve Aspinwall













Kathy Nora

Kathy Nora






Megan O'Leary

Megan O'Leary