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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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Penzance Selects

23 November 2019 until 4 January 2020

Members of the local community have curated a major new exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance.  Around thirty individuals have taken part in a series of workshops that have included behind-the-scenes access to the Penlee House stores.  Four different groups have been allocated a gallery to curate and have worked with artists and staff at Penlee House to re-interpret the collections.

Carefree Cornwall works with young people living in and leaving care and has helped young people access arts and culture since 2006.  For Penzance Selects, the young people have worked with a sound artist to record a soundscape interpret the paintings in Penlee House’s collection.  Visitors will be able to hear the soundscape created for the artworks, including classics such as ‘The Rain it Raineth Every Day’.

The John Daniel Centre is a day service provision for adults with a learning disability. For their gallery in Penzance Selects, the participants have chosen to explore the photographic collection, creating a map of Penzance ‘then and now’ featuring old photographs of local landmarks.  This map will be displayed in the gallery and a printed version will be available to take away.  The group has also recorded information as an audio tour of Penzance which can be downloaded using an app.

Mounts Bay Academy’s year seven art classes have been working with an artist to explore the history of Penlee House and its collections.  They will re-interpret the historic collections using their own artworks and display these alongside artefacts that they have selected from the stores.

Gallery five has been curated by a team of Citizen Curators, who will be exploring the history of creativity in Newlyn through the paintings of the Newlyn School and Lamorna artists, Newlyn Copper and Cryséde.  Citizen Curators are volunteers who attend monthly training sessions to learn more about behind-the-scenes work in museums.

Alongside Penzance Selects, Cornwall Crafts Association will be staging a Crafts for Christmas exhibition. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a gift for Christmas or find a unique piece for yourself.

Main Image: Elizabeth Forbes (1852-1912) – The Pied Piper, mixed media, Penlee House Gallery & Museum

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Penlee House is a beautiful art gallery and museum, set within sub-tropical gardens, with a great café.

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Our vibrant exhibition programme celebrates the nationally important art and history of West Cornwall.

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Learning

From school visits to family activities, talks and walks, there are plenty of learning opportunities at Penlee House.

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Shop & Eat

Enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee at the Orangery Café, and support us by purchasing unique gifts in our shop.

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