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Penlee House Gallery & Museum

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Address: Morrab Road, Penzance, England
Phone Number: +44 1736 363625
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Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in...

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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Very nice cafe serving excellent homemade food, clearly very popular with local residents. Gardens around the gallery are also nicely set out with exotic plants. Did not have time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice cafe serving excellent homemade food, clearly very popular with local residents. Gardens around the gallery are also nicely set out with exotic plants. Did not have time to visit the gallery itself on this occasion.

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Bournemouth
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a wet and windy November break we hit upon Penzance as a good place to explore regardless of weather . We were recommended to the small but distinctive museum which houses a collection of exquisite paintings by the Newlyn School , alongside it on the first floor is an exhibition of Cornish social and industrial life , small but... More 

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Thank SallyWin
Nashua, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed the local flavor of the exhibits and artists; we had a nice snack at the cafe. It's down a side street and the entrance isn't obvious but we're glad we found it.

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Thank John B
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit to the museum in spite of many trips into Penzance. Our main focus was the brilliant exhibition of Barns-Graham. We loved the video which was both informative and emotional. I was at university in St Andrews and spend a lot of time in West Penwith so it was all resonant. The challenge for female artists at the... More 

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Louise C, Manager at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Kathy, I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham exhibition. We try, wherever possible, to showcase the work of women artists, even though this period, and that of the Newlyn School artists before it, was male dominated. You may be interested to know that the film can be seen on our exhibitions page on the Penlee House website... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had lunch here a few days ago. It was lovely but I did have to ask for the meat component to be left out as there were very few vegetarian options which I was surprised and shocked at. A few veggie options would go a long way please. Interestingly on the website where opening times and daily specials are... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Penlee Gallery and Museum provides the perfect backdrop to the important artists from the Newlyn School. There are some amazing works here which are very important to ones understanding of the Newlyn and St Ives painters as well as exhibitions which I believe change on a regular basis. When we visited, the Wilhelmina Barnes-Wallace exhibition was showing and her... More 

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southampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful find on a wet day,was buzzing with people eating on a winters day,new art exhibition was very good and upstairs some Newlyn specials and a small archaeological museum and a memorabilia of the area

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not only are the paintings and exhibits fascinating for lovers of Cornwall, there is a cheerful cafe too. Well worth £3 each as OAPs.

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Thank AndyWestender
Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some lovely works here,well worth a visit.The old school of art and beautiful works by local artists,a must see. Nice cafe too.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Very warm welcome with fresh and home cooked light food; we had excellent soup which added to the experience of the gallery itself.

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