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Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Morrab Road, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363625
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Surprising free entry

Went along expecting to pay to get in, but the entrance to the exhibition and museum was free. A... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lynn P
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Excellent small art gallery

The Penlee House Gallery is friendly and welcoming, with some excellent paintings by the Newlyn... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vicky B
Telford, England, United Kingdom
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Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - c.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.Winner of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011-12 and of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2009, 2010 and 2011 as Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. Open Monday to Saturday (Closed Sundays) throughout the year, including most Bank Holidays (closed Christmas and New Year), opening hours are 10am - 5pm during the summer (Easter to September) and 10.30 to 4.30 in the winter, with last admission half an hour before closing.
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Morrab Road, Penzance, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went along expecting to pay to get in, but the entrance to the exhibition and museum was free. A small collection with interesting artefacts.More

Thank Lynn P
Louise C, Manager at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Lynn, Thank you for your comment. Just a note to say that Penlee House is free for local people with a Penzance Pass all year round round (Mondays to Saturdays). During the quieter winter months, from late November to mid-January, we are free for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Penlee House Gallery is friendly and welcoming, with some excellent paintings by the Newlyn School. They also have temporary exhibitions. The John Armstrong exhibition was very good. I agree that the cheese scones in the café are delectable (see earlier review). The Art Pass...More

Thank Vicky B
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We were fortunate enough to be staying a short walk away from Penlee House and were able to visit twice. When I return with friends next June, this will be one of our first stops. Great gallery and wonderful small orangery where they serve delectable...More

Thank FineMind
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We visited to see the John Armstrong exhibition, and purchased the 7 day ticket allowing access to other galleries in Penzance and St. Ives. Good value as it included Tate St Ives. We learnt much from the helpful guides.

Thank Lovetravel061
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Superb exhibition. Really a pleasure to visit a well run Museum and Gallery. Worth a visit to the cafe which provides a good varied menu.

Thank bobandlinda95
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Every time I come to Penzance, I go to the museum. Usually, they have excellent temporary exhibitions of local artists and I am never disappointed, but entralled. I love the quirkiness of some of the artifacts in the upstairs collection and the permanent collection of...More

Thank LaurieSRoth
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We regularly visit the gallery when staying nearby and are never disappointed. There is normally a rotating exhibition of a consistently high standard based on an artist from the Newlyn School - which many may find more accessible than the St Ives School. There is...More

Thank Jonathan N
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Penlee Gallery sits back off the road in pleasant grounds and has a café. On my visit there was a special exhibition of works by John Armstrong that took up several rooms. There is a permanent display of works from painters of the local Newlyn...More

Thank allus
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this gallery as an afterthought having visited the Newlyn and Exchange earlier in the day. How we wish we had made this our first stop. The gallery is surprisingly good and the volunteer staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable....More

Thank Dale E
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Although I had read the reviews before planning a morning visit, I was not prepared for just how wonderful a visit this would be. The galery and museum house artefacts and gorgeous works of art in a spacious, well lit, modern environment. The art exhibition...More

Thank calipsouk
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