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The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center

As part of our expansion project, the Ongoing Displays in the Art & Nature Center is temporarily closed. Our Art & Nature Center Pop-Up opens on November 13 in Create Space. Here you will find many of the favorites from the Art & Nature Center. Activity bags are also available at the information desk.


The 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 family-friendly center features changing exhibitions, hands-on displays and art-making spaces.

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Changing Art & Nature Exhibitions

These revolving shows explore timely topics at the interface of human experience and the natural world. Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore our new exhibition, Wild Designs, on view through August 4, 2019.

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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!

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Art-making Spaces

Exercise your creativity at PEM! Visit the Art Nook and Create Space for a wide range of drop-in programs and art-making workshops.

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Related events for families

There's always something amazing for families to do at PEM. Check out What's On today!

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