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  2017:  

 A Walk Around Wing Island Artist Mark Roderick

November 1 ~ December 30, 2017. * 

  Brewster artist and scenic painter, Mark Roderick studied fine arts, theater and history with a special interest in painting and mosaics at Cape Cod Community College and Sarasota Technical Institute. Growing up on Cape Cod has been instrumental on his artistic vision deriving  most of his inspiration from natural beauty and ancient monuments,  his work is best described as minimalistic or objective abstract. His mentors include J.R. Zurlinden, Bernadette Waystack, Virginia Ogden, Joe Norman and Sue Carey.   He is calling this show "A Walk Around Wing Island" and invites you to do the same!

 Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am-3pm

 Free with Museum Admission

*Dates are subject to minor changes. Please call ahead. 

Dr. Tom Burns “Photographing Sharks and Whales of the World” September 5 ~ October 31, 2017.   

 Dr. Burns has been photographing sharks and whales for over 20 years and his pursuit of these encounters has taken him around the world. Years of in-water interactions, often without the barrier of a cage, has allowed him to obtain a real perspective and stunning photographs of these intelligent animals.     

Dr. Burns has worked on assignment with National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic Studios.  His photographs have been published in numerous magazines such as Scuba Diver, Asian Geographic, Asian Diver, and Shark Diver Magazine.  His images have also been used by conservation organizations such as the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, and published in scientific journals with renowned shark scientists. 

A graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Burns has been a practicing veterinarian at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth Massachusetts, since 2000. He became the Hospital Director in 2005 and has expanded the practice to three locations. Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod is an award-winning organization recognized nationally as a leader in veterinary medicine and surgery.

September 5th-30th hours: Open Daily 11am-3pm/ October hours Wednesday – Sunday 11am-3pm


Artist Jean Hynes: Endangered Species

                               August 1 – August 31, 2017 


 Jean specializes in painting endangered animals.  She tries to capture the essence of their   personalities in the paintings by showing their very soul on canvas giving the viewer a close and personal look into their innocent playfulness and their hearts. 

Jean has been painting since the age of 13.  She has always been drawn to animals of all types.  Although she works in watercolor, sculpting, and other mediums, oil has remained her passion. Her hope is to bring enjoyment to others and by concentrating on endangered species, raise awareness of their plight, and help to preserve their existence. Jean donates a percentage of sales to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW.



June 1 ~ July 31, 2017

Photographer Christopher Seufert

Cape Cod & The Islands: A Drone’s Eye View

Christopher Seufert has been shooting aerial photos and video since 1992 and for the past few years he’s been using drones as a licensed commercial unmanned vehicle pilot.  With drones come the opportunity to shoot more intimate aerial photos, to shoot at no cost in gas or plane, to access hard-to-reach areas more easily, and to shoot scientific images such as LIDAR (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth) and Thermal Imaging.  This exhibit is a selection of images from his upcoming book of the same name, published by Schiffer in the fall of 2017.

Chris lives with his children in Chatham, where he grew up and now operates his multimedia company Mooncusser Films LLC. He specializes broadly in lifestyle, portrait, wedding, aerial, and landscape photography.  He regularly shoots cover and editorial assignments for the magazines of Cape Cod and New England and freelances for the Cape Cod Chronicle and Cape Codder newspapers.

Chris is also the author of six hard cover photography books including The Cape Cod National Seashore: A Photographic Adventure & Guide (Schiffer, 2012), Cape Cod & Islands Reflections (Schiffer LTD, 2010) and also two landmark Chatham photography books: Chatham Views: A Photographic Journey of Chatham, Massachusetts and Chatham by Air: Aerial Photos of Chatham, Cape Cod.


April 5th - May 31st  

Thomas McLean

Original Impressionist Landscapes



Thomas McLean is a self-taught artist of impressionist landscapes, motivated by the love of art and a lifelong romance with the aesthetic sublime. He is a plein air painter but also enjoys working in the studio and believes it is the art of the painter to bring life to the canvas, to bring out the spirit of the painting, without which you have only canvas and paint. He exhibits his work at Crooked Tree Studio and Gallery in Cobalt, CT, a fine art gallery featuring contemporary paintings and drawings of the moods and atmospheric expressions of the Connecticut River valley and its surroundings.


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