Penlee House Gallery and Museum
Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - 1940).
This popular museum and art gallery is set in a building that was originally a Victorian family home, surrounded by a delightful sub-tropical park formed from the original garden. Changing exhibitions throughout the year celebrate the rich artistic heritage of West Cornwall. There is a well stocked bookshop that also sells cards, prints and gifts. The Orangery Cafe has a variety of delicious cakes, specialty teas and coffees and a lunch menu. There is additional seating on the terrace outside.
Penlee House has a permanent collection of paintings which is actively being developed through purchases, gifts, bequests and long-term loans. We house the UK's largest collection of works by Newlyn and Lamorna Group artists.
The photography collection includes thousands of photographs of the area from around 1870 up to the present day, including images of the Newlyn School artists at work and play and personal albums originally owned by the Branwell family of Penlee House.
Founded in 1839, the museum's social history collection is focussed on the fascinating social history of the far west of Cornwall, including industries such as fishing, mining, farming, tourism and local industries such as Newlyn Copper and Crysede textiles.
Cornwall's unique landscape has been inhabited and shaped by people over many millennia. West Cornwall has a very distinctive character, recognised as an internationally important ancient landscape. It has a concentration of archaeological remains spanning the centuries from the prehistoric period through to the 19th century.
The Natural History collections date back to Penlee House's origins as the museum for Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society, who collected examples of both local and exotic flora and fauna.
Admission & prices
Open Monday to Saturday (CLOSED SUNDAYS) throughout the year, including most Bank Holidays (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day)
From 1 April to 31 October
10.00am - 5.00pm
(last admission 4.30pm)
From 1 November to 31 March
10.00 am - 4.30 pm
(last admission 4.00pm)
Admission £5.00 adults,
under 18s FREE
Free for Penzance residents with a Penzance Pass. Proof of address required.
Follow the brown tourism signs to Penlee House Car Park. We are situated within Penlee Park. If our car park is full, there are two further car parks nearby or walk from town. Full directions can be found on the museum website.
A much sought-after collection of prints and plates taken by the Gibson photographic dynasty has been saved for Cornwall......
Penlee House Gallery & Museum has successfully raised £18,000 to purchase an important painting by John Opie (1761 - 1807)......
Some disabled parking spaces are available on site.
Between exhibitions the ground floor galleries are closed between exhibitions. The upstairs galleries are open as usual and admission is FREE during these periods.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
T: 01736 363625
Exhibitions and Projects
04 Feb 17 to 03 Jun 17
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Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Penzance, CORNWALL TR18 4HE