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



Mark Rea

Tuesday, May 4, 2022 - Thursday, June 30, 2022*

Making ceramic horseshoe crabs is Mark Rea’s full-time job. His work is a tribute to an old friend and an ancient species.

About fifteen years ago, Mark found a small horseshoe crab molt while kayaking in Rhode Island. Something struck him that day about this one small, deserted shell so he made a plaster mold, cast it in porcelain, and glazed it clear until it was bright white. Everyone seemed to love it, so he just kept going, and the colors he applies to some are simply stunning.

Now, for two months, you can enjoy and view Mark’s incredible exhibit in our Naturescape Gallery, as well as in conjunction with celebrating International Horseshoe Crab Day on Monday June 20th and during the entire week of activities emphasizing the importance of this ancient animal.

Making Horseshoe Crabs Beautiful from Lower Cape TV on Vimeo.

*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:


David Grose


Cape Cod Art Center’s Plein Air Painters

Steven Koppel

Harrison Cady


Suzanna Nickerson



Cape Cod Art Center Plein Air Painters

Matt Patterson

John & Pam King

Beth Adoette


Susan Jarkek-Glidden

Johnathan Wright

Gregg Robberts

Tim Little

Richard Higgins


Mark Roderick

Tom Burns

Jean Hynes

Chris Seufert

Tom McLean

Jennifer Bovey


Jenny Bovey

John King

Sam Jaffe

Marje Miller


Liz Perry

Wayne Davis

Amazing Jules Photography

Marje Miller

Ro Morrissey & Friends

Lucy Sur & Joyce McConnell

Hans Rilling


Kate Walls

Barbara Harmon

Mark Preu

Nancy Ellen Craig

John Small

Megan O'Leary & Cally Harper


John & Pam King

Dave Holbrook

Bob Dibble

Eve Aspinwall

Kathy Nora

Megan O'Leary