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  2016:

November & December

Original One-of-a-Kind Fish Rubbings

by Jennifer Bovey

Artist and full time professional dead fish rubber, Jenny Bovey, will exhibit her mono prints made by brushing various colorants over native marine life caught by local fishermen. The process requires the skillful pressing and rubbing of real fish, crustaceans, mollusks, shellfish, and plant life onto a variety of surfaces. The result is a unique impression referred to as "Gyotaku".  Gyotaku, (gyo-fish, taku-rubbing) which was first practiced in Japan to record a prized catch.

Bovey is a native of Concord, MA, whose family has summered in Chatham since 1962. Growing up in an artistic family, she has studied studio arts since grade school.  Jennifer launched Blue Water Fish Rubbings with her husband in Baltimore, Maryland over 28 years ago. In 1994 they moved to Chatham and opened Blue Water Fish Rubbings, which sells her work exclusively on clothing, accessories, wall prints, and other home furnishings, is located at 505 Main St in Chatham, MA.

September & October

Close Encounters of the Ocean Kind; a Photographic Journey with John J.King II                                                                                       

John is an entrepreneur with a diverse resume, who has strong ties to Cape Cod that span many generations. He has been pursuing a lifelong passion to experience and record the earth’s wild places and wild things through his photography. Locally he is the skipper of the R/v Aleutian Dream which is facilitating the white shark population study currently being conducted by the Massachusetts Shark Research Program with support from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in outer Cape waters. He is also a co-founder together with his wife Pam, of The Common Flat Project, a conservation organization dedicated to creating awareness of the importance of earth’s biodiversity especially on Cape Cod. Their first book entitled: Wild Cape Cod, Free by Nature was published by Schiffer Publishing in 2012.

May - August: Sam Jaffe

Meet Sam as he shares his live caterpillar lab!   Fills our entire auditorium!

The full Summer Lab, Wednesday, August 10th  10am  - 3pm     Tickets online: click here

This is a drop in event. Stay as long as you are engaged. Appropriate for all ages.

Show your ticket for Museum Admission discount/August 10th only!



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