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

What's On
at Penlee House

To see what's been happening at some of the events held at Penlee House please click here to visit our events gallery.  

New 'Fishermen's Pockets', free to borrow during your visit and stuffed full of optical toys, finger puppets and all sorts, will keep the young'uns happy. Pick up a 'Spot it' Quiz and see if you can find all the paintings. Then drop by the colouring table in the local history gallery! also, don't miss:

Drop-in family events in the Gallery - get arty!

Look out for drop-in family art and craft activities every Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm - 3.30pm in the exhibition galleries. Be inspired by the pictures on show in the current exhibition and have a go at making something to take home. There's a different activity every week and all materials are supplied. FREE and open to all - including grown-ups! (children must be accompanied). Download the May/June list here

Penlee House Gallery and Museum is now an accredited Learning Destination for the Children's University in Cornwall - attend any workshop and get one stamp for your Passport to Learning! Don't forget to bring your passport on the day.

Patterns of Penwith: Explore the Crysede Textile Collection

Come and explore the amazing crysede textile collection at Penlee House, and discover its origins in the landscape in Cornwall. The fascinating and colourful prints designed in the 1920s by Alec Walker for Cresede textiles were often based on real places in West Cornwall. Look closely at the designs and you can see farm buildings, boats, lighthouses, trees, fields and even people. Why not pick up a discovery kit and head out into the landscape? Create your own design and don't forget to tag us on instagram! @penleehousegallery

Join in at one of our FREE events:

Saturday 12th May 11am-4pm Launch event: see some of the collection, pick up a discovery bag and find out about the project

Saturday 2nd June 10am-1pm Printing workshop for families

Saturday 9th June  10am-1pm Printing workshop for families

Saturday 16th June 10am-1pm Coffee morning: a chance for people to share (or learn!) sewing and textile skills

Saturday 30th June 10am-4pm Printing workshop (16+; free but please book a place—01736 363625/

Saturday 14th July Celebration event: join us for refreshments and to see some of the designs created during the project

Baby and Parent Sessions on the last Monday of every month

'Stay and play' sessions at Penlee House - come along and experience the amazing artworks whilst you and your baby play and explore together.
Monthly on the last Monday of every month.
Drop in any time from 10.00am to 11.30am. Free - Suitable for babies from birth to crawlers/early walkers
Free locals pass to the museum (Penzance Pass) for those who live in Penzance, Newlyn, Mousehole, Paul, Heamoor & Gulval. Pick up yours at the session.
For more information please contact Zoe on 01736 363625 or

Friends' Lecture Programme 2017/2018

Lectures take place at 7:30pm at Penlee House (unless otherwise stated). Admission: Members £3.00, Non-members £4.00. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL: Tel. 01736 363625.