Habitat: Open Ocean

This, the Museum/Learning Lab, is the only station in the country focused solely on Marine Science Illustration, Marine Studies, and Art/Science Education.


The Museum displays various specimen sets, exotic shells, ancient bones, natural history exhibits, artifacts, and a gallery of the artworks of the finest marine science illustrators. In addition, million-year fossils, the inner ear bones of whales, books and objects for children, and with this an opportunity for drawing. Simply stop in for visits.


The Learning Lab offers ongoing instruction, internships, a maritime library, sessions in close observation drawing -- with tools, techniques, instruments, microscopic analysis, and precision measuring. Designed for beginners, students of all ages, and practicing professionals, the participants learn and define the confluence of science and art.


experiential projects for teachers; art/science for schools, colleges and universities. Workshops all along the Coast, Acadia to Provincetown.

Director David Wheeler, a long-time Pratt Institute instructor, has shown his drawings across the nation -- at the American Museum of Natural HIstory in NY to biology centers in Hawai'i.

The images below feature four great minds:
Denis Diderot, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, John Steinbeck, and Rachel Carson.
The drawings beside each one, expresses (in science illustrations) deep appreciation.

Denis Diderot

D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

John Steinbeck

Rachel Carson


Cod Row, Harpswell, ME 04079.

All are welcome.