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:   

Thoreau and the Language of Trees

  With Photographer Richard Higgins

March 1 ~ April 30, 2018. 

Photographer and author, Richard Higgins, explores Henry David Thoreau’s deep connection to trees via this striking photographic journey of historic Concord trees. Trees were a central thread through Thoreau’s work as a naturalist and author giving the reader insight into his philosophical thought and spiritual life bringing us closer to his heart, mind and soul.

Richard Higgins is the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees (University of California Press, 2017). A writer, lecturer and photographer, he is a former longtime Boston Globe staff writer and co-author and editor of several books. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, and Smithsonian.

Mr. Higgins will be at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Saturday, April 7th at 1pm to give a lecture and book signing on Thoreau and the Language of Trees.

Free with Museum Admission.


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.



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