Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

What's On
at Penlee

To see what's been happening at some of the events held at Penlee House please click here to visit our events gallery.  

Quizzes and trails will keep the young'uns happy on their visit, as well as the colouring table in the local history gallery... also, don't miss:

Drop-in family activities in the Gallery - get arty!

Look out for drop-in family art and craft activities every Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm - 3.30pm in the exhibition gallery. Be inspired by the pictures on show in the current exhibition and have a go at making something to take home. There's a different activity every week and all materials are supplied. FREE and open to all - including grown-ups! (children must be accompanied). Download August events
Penlee House Gallery and Museum is now an accredited Learning Destination for the Children's University in Cornwall - attend a drop-in workshop and get one stamp for your Passport to Learning! Don't forget to bring your passport on the day.

Arty Afternoons: summer holiday FREE family fun!  

FREE family activities take place every Wednesday between 27th July and 31st August; drop in any time between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Wednesday 24th August

St Michael’s Mount scrap heap challenge

St Michael’s Mount was and is a popular subject for painters in Cornwall, and features in many of the paintings in the summer exhibition.  Can you build a miniature version of the Mount from our scrap materials? 

Wednesday 31st August

Sock sea creatures

We have many paintings of the sea in the summer exhibition but rarely can you see what’s living in the sea.  Imagine some of the creatures you mind find under the waves and create one using old socks and fabrics.  If you have any old socks please bring them along with you! 

Tick-Tock-Time for Little Fingers!

Free creative sessions for pre-school children aged from two and a half upwards and their parents and carers, run by educator Jo Lumber. Enjoy stories, rhymes, making and doing as we explore the wonderful paintings and treasures at Penlee. Step into Tick-Tock-Time! Sessions will take place every month, from 1:00 to 2:30pm. 

For more information and to book a place, please call 01736 363625 or email

Sunday 4th September 2016

Victory Parade for Helen Glover - Double Olympic Gold Medallist

Humphry Davy School and Penzance Town Council (supported by Priate FM and The Cornishman) will be holing a Civic Ceremony for Double Olympic Gold Medallist Helen Glover to celebrate her achievement in the Rio 2016 Olympics.  Helen will be a-top the 'Victory Bus', leaving Newlyn Quarry at 1.30pm and continuing to the Harbour Car Park, where she will be greeted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Lovegrove, and Bill Marshall, Head of Humphry Davy School.  The Victory Parade will then continue up Market Jew Street to Humphry Davy School.  Do come along and welcome Helen home and celebrate her achievement.   Please click here for the poster and press release.  


Friends' Lecture Programme 2016/2017

Lectures take place at 7:30pm at Penlee House (unless otherwise stated). Admission: Members £2.00, Non-members £3.00. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL: Tel. 01736 363625.
The new programme will be announced in September 2016.