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Visit Penlee House & Museum

Penlee House is a Gallery, Museum, Cafe and Shop. Situated within Penlee Park, a space to reflect and great for family visits.

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A space for exhibitions & events

Alongside our Exhibition programme we run a variety of community events and workshops. The Newlyn School and Social history galleries change often. Find out what’s on.

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A space to learn

Penlee House is committed to lifelong learning. We run workshops for all age groups and offer a school workshop programme.

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A space for all

Built in 1865, as the home of the Branwell family. Penlee House is home to many paintings by members of the Newlyn School. It is also home to the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society collection.

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A picture paints a thousand words


Using the painting ‘School is Out’ by Elizabeth Armstrong as a starting point, explore the life of a Victorian school child through storytelling and role play.

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Betsy Lanyon – Life in Newlyn


Travel back in time to 1890 and meet Betsy Lanyon, a Newlyn fishwife and artist’s model. Learn about her life and work, and handle real Victorian objects.

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Old Toys


This hands-on workshop allows children to explore and play with toys from the past. See old toys from Penlee’s collections and use our handling collection of replica Victorian and later toys to explore differences between new and old.

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Early Years Storytelling


Join us for exploring, stories, rhymes, making and doing at Penlee House in a workshop specially designed for Early Years children.

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Bronze, Iron and Stone: Prehistoric Cornwall


Explore the archaeology of West Cornwall in our prehistoric workshop and find out how life changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

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