The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center
Completely redesigned, the expanded Art & Nature Center showcases original exhibitions that investigate our interconnections with nature through contemporary art, memorable objects and interactive experiences. Designed for visitors of all ages, the new family-friendly center features changing exhibitions, hands-on displays and art-making spaces.
Changing Art & Nature Exhibitions
These revolving shows explore timely topics at the interface of human experience and the natural world.
Discover how contemporary artists are using visual scale to expand our awareness of the world and to foster new ways of seeing in Sizing it Up: Scale in Nature and Art. On view now in the Art & Nature Center.
Check out all of our Past Art & Nature Center Exhibitions below.
Art & Nature Displays
Discover art and natural specimens from the museum's collection that reveal stories about our evolving relationship with nature. Interactive sculptures and exploratory stations also invite you to play and invent as you investigate your own connections with the environment. The Investigate! Zone, with its fun things to do and create on low tables, shows toddlers and preschoolers there's a place here for them, too!
Exercise your creativity at PEM! Visit the Art Nook and Create Space for a wide range of drop-in programs and art-making workshops. (See the Events Calendar for details.)
Check out the latest blog posts about the center at Connected.
- Branching Out: Trees as Art
- September 27, 2014 to September 13, 2015
- Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations
- October 19, 2013 to September 7, 2014
- Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O
- June 18, 2011 to July 8, 2012
- Eye Spy, Playing with Perception
- June 19, 2010 to May 22, 2011
- Trash Menagerie
- June 20, 2009 to May 23, 2010
- Polar Attractions
- June 28, 2008 to June 7, 2009
- Origami Now!
- June 16, 2007 to June 8, 2008
- A Sense of Place, An Artist's Tribute to the Seven Continents
- December 16, 2006 to June 3, 2007
- Owls in Art and Nature
- October 1, 2005 to December 3, 2006
- In Nature's Company
- October 9, 2004 to September 18, 2005
Related events For families
Celebrate Mother's Day with a sumptuous brunch prepared by Hawthorne Catering and served in the Garden Restaurant overlooking PEM's Asian Garden. After brunch visit the museum galleries and Museum Shop, where you can exchange your brunch voucher for a complimentary gift for Mom. For information please call 978-542-1618. General museum admission is included.
This event is sold out.
Join guest reader and sculptor Sarah Seabury Ward as she shares a story about an out-of-the-box builder in Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. Then make something special out of clay with tips from the artist and inspiration from Iggy!