Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

What's On

Current exhibition

Artists by Themselves

23 March - 8 June
Image: Self portrait, 1920s, Dod Procter. Private collection.     


Artists by Themselves

23 March - 8 June 2019

If you ever wondered what the artists of the Newlyn School and the Lamorna Group looked like, then this is the show for you! This revealing exhibition shows how they represented themselves and their fellow artists, giving an insight into this fascinating community. The exhibition includes portraits by Stanhope Forbes, Fred Hall, Dame Laura Knight, Dod Procter and Richard Weatherby.

British Sign Language (BSL) guided tour of the above exhibition on Friday 24 May at 11am. 

No booking required; donations welcomed.  

May half term: Arty Afternoon
Fun with Faces

Wednesday 29 May 1.30-3.30pm


Penlee House and the Branwells

27 April - 1 June 2019

A new mini exhibition, Penlee House and the Branwells, is opening on 27 April 2019 at Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance.

Who were the Branwells and how did they come to live in such a grand house? The story unfolds using archive photographs and artefacts brought together to show the family and their life in this elegant Victorian villa, built in the 1860s.

Visitors will be able to imagine themselves in Victorian Penlee House the moment they walk up the steps to the entrance, as window displays allow a peep into the dining room of Mr and Mrs Branwell.

The exhibition continues on the first floor with photographs, documents and belongings all related to the house and family, together with a beautiful watercolour of Penlee House by the late John Miller.

Penlee House and the Branwells runs until 1 June 2019 and is the work of a volunteer team of Citizen Curators. 


NEW: free short public guided tours

We have a new team of Volunteer Tour Guides who will be offering insights into the temporary exhibitions at Penlee through a programme of short guided tours.  Tours will be offered at 11am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the duration of each exhibition.  The tours are included in the admission price to the Gallery and last between 30 and 45 minutes.  No booking is required.  


Free Family Fun at Penlee House

Tick Tock Time

Free creative sessions for pre-schoolers and their carers. First Tuesday of the month 1-2:30pm


Saturday activities

Drop-in workshops every Saturday from 2.30pm-3.30pm.

For more information, please visit the events page by clicking here.

Baby and Parent sessions

NEXT SESSIONS: 20 MAY, 24 JUNE, 29 JULY 10am - 11.30am 

Friends' Lecture Series

The 2018/19 series, starts in September. Please click here for all the details.