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.

Festival of Archaeology - we're going prehistoric!

The national Festival of Archaeology runs this year from 16th - 31st July.  You might not have realised it, but there's an amazing archaeology collection at Penlee House, with some particularly brilliant prehistoric objects.  Come and explore the collections and join in with some prehistoric fun!  

For more information on the Festival of Archaeology please visit

Buried treasures: FREE family fun at Penlee!

No need to book; drop in any time between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Saturday 30th July

Megalithic monuments

The remains of ancient Cornwall are not just found below ground; there are many reminders which you can still see if you’re out and about today.  Find out more about these astonishing monuments and create a model of one of them. 

Plus...try your hand at prehistoric painting as we turn the Coach House walls into cave walls...and explore the collections further by getting ‘hands-on’ with our replica artefacts.

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 27th July

A cloudy afternoon

There are some amazing clouds in the paintings in the summer exhibition at Penlee.  Come along and see how many different types you can find and make your own cloud spotters’ guide. 

Wednesday 3rd August

A stitch in time

Have a go at recreating one of the paintings in Penlee using needle and thread rather than paintbrush and paint. 

Wednesday 10th August

Sketchbook explorers

Create and customise your own Penlee sketchbook and take part in our sketching challenge! 

Wednesday 17th August

Postcards from Penlee

Included amongst the collections at Penlee are many amazing old postcards.  Be inspired by the old postcards and the paintings to design your own postcard; take it home or leave it with us to post back to you! 

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

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.