Built in 1865 as a gracious Victorian home, Penlee House has been converted to create a first class gallery and museum set within a beautiful park. It specialises in showing the area’s unique cultural heritage incorporating the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Cornwall Council and Newlyn Art Gallery.
A programme of changing exhibitions celebrates the skill and craftsmanship of painting in west Cornwall in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Art Collection
Penlee House has a permanent collection of paintings which is actively being developed. Some of the best known works from the renowned Newlyn School include The Rain it Raineth Every Day by Norman Garstin , School is Out by Elizabeth Forbes, Among the Missing by Walter Langley and On Paul Hill by Stanhope Forbes.
Founded in 1839, the museum collections cover 6000 years of history in west Cornwall, from Penwith’s awe-inspiring archaeological sites to the area’s more recent social history. The recently refurbished social history gallery houses a wealth of artefacts covering the area’s fascinating and often quirky heritage.
The Orangery Cafe
Their licensed cafe, with its terrace overlooking the park, offers a range of coffees, afternoon tea with home baked cakes and freshly prepared light lunches, using the best of local produce.
£5.00 adults, £4.00 concessions (including over 60s)
Children (under 18) FREE
Free admission for card holding members of the Friends of Penlee House, Penzance Pass, The Art Fund, Museums Association, South Western Federation of Museums and Cornwall Volunteers Scheme, and 10% discount for those traveling to Penlee by public transport.
Summer Hours: 1 April – 31 October 10.00am – 5.00pm
Winter Hours: 1 November – 31 March 10.00am – 4.30pm
Residents of Penzance (Penzance TR18, Newlyn and Mousehole) can enjoy free admission to Penlee, Monday to Saturday, with the Penzance Pass. Please bring along proof of your address (utility bill, Council Tax bill or similar) to the Gallery to collect your Penzance Pass.