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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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Stanhope Forbes: Father of the Newlyn School

10 June 2017 until 9 September 2017

Stanhope Forbes (1857 – 1947) was one of the ‘greats’ of the Newlyn School artists’ colony which flourished from the 1880s onwards. Although by no means the first artist to set up in Newlyn, Forbes’s arrival galvanised the emerging art community and helped to build its national and international reputation. For this reason, he is often dubbed the ‘Father of the Newlyn School’, which reflects both his significance and his popularity.  Born in Dublin, Forbes trained at the Royal Academy Schools in London and finished his studies at Bonnat’s studio in Paris. After arriving in Newlyn in 1884, his national reputation was established a year later with the acceptance of his masterpiece, Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach at the Royal Academy. Comprising a stunning selection of key works from all periods of Forbes’s career, this exhibition celebrates his consummate skill as an artist. Throughout the Galleries.

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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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