Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history
Image: Nativity Play, c.1950s
The Penhaul Archive at Penlee House Gallery & Museum

PLEASE NOTE: it is necessary to close some of the galleries between exhibitions, so please do check what is open before making a special journey during those times. In 2017, the downstairs exhibition galleries will be closed for re-hang on 9 January - 3 February,  5 - 9 June, 11 - 15 September & 27 November - 1 December. Entrance to Penlee is FREE during rehang week.

Not all the paintings are on show at any one time. If there is a particular picture that you would like to see, please let us know in advance of your visit or on the day.

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Penhaul Undiscovered

Extended to 28 January 2017

Photographer Harry Penhaul (1914 - 1957) dedicated his life to documenting the events and everyday lives of local people. After the war, he worked as a freelance press photographer for The Cornishman newspaper, earning the affectionate nickname of 'Flash Harry'. This selection of work from the archive of Penhaul's work at Penlee House shows what life was like for people on the Penwith Peninsula in the 20th century. There is still plenty more to discover and we're hoping that visitors to the exhibition can help! This is a chance for everyone to learn more about this historic collection and to shed new light on these wonderful images.

Please Note: From 9 January to 3 February 2017, the Gallery and Museum will be partially closed while we line and repaint the walls in the hall, stairs and landing areas. The Orangery Cafe and the Shop are open as usual. Free admission to 'Penhaul Undiscovered' Exhibition.


A Casket of Pearls: Celebrating 20 years of collecting at Penlee

4 February - 3 June 2017 

Since undergoing major refurbishment in 1997, Penlee House Gallery & Museum has become one of the leading regional museums. It is internationally renowned for its important collections of 19th and 20th century British art, in particular paintings by artists of the Newlyn School. This exhibition shows how Penlee's marvellous collections have developed over two decades, through fine and decorative art, social history, photography and archaeology.