Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - 1940). All exhibitions include west Cornwall's important and unique historic art, incorporating paintings of exceptional quality from public and private collections.
About Penlee House
Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House has been converted to create a first class gallery and museum set within an attractive park. It specialises in showing the area's unique, rich cultural heritage incorporating the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Penwith District Council (now incorporated into Cornwall Council) and Newlyn Art Gallery.
A programme of changing exhibitions celebrates the skill and craftsmanship of painting in west Cornwall in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, usually including the world famous Newlyn School and Lamorna Group artists, such as Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey, Lamorna Birch and Laura Knight.
The Art Collection
Penlee House has a permanent collection of paintings which is actively being developed. Some of the best known works include The Rain it Raineth Every Day
by Norman Garstin, School is Out
by Elizabeth Forbes, Among the Missing
by Walter Langley and On Paul Hill
by Stanhope Forbes. Please note that although each exhibition includes selected works from our collection, there is no permanent display
and the galleries are often closed between exhibitions: please check the What's On - Exhibitions
section to find out what is on show before making a special journey.
Founded in 1839, the museum collections cover 6000 years of history in west Cornwall, from Penwith's awe-inspiring archaeological sites to the area's more recent social history. The recently refurbished social history gallery houses a wealth of artefacts covering the area's fascinating and often quirky heritage.
The Orangery Café
Our delightful licensed café, with its sun-bathed terrace overlooking the park, offers a range of coffees, afternoon tea with home baked cakes and freshly prepared light lunches, using the best of local produce.
The Friends of Penlee House
The Friends, a registered charity, provide voluntary help in the Gallery and raise funds to support our work. Benefits include free admission, shop discount, invitations to previews and a winter lecture programme: please visit the Friends
page for further details.
If you are interested in using an image of a painting from our collections, please contact Bridgeman Art Library
+44 (0)20 7727 4065. For images from our photography collection, please contact us on +44 (0)1736 363625.