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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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You can search and browse our collections online. We also have a section dedicated to the Newlyn School.

Current
Exhibition

The Exceptional Harold Harvey


May 1, 2024 until September 29, 2024

Workshops

Learning workshops currently available at Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Prehistoric Cornwall: Stone Age to Iron Age


Explore the archaeology of West Cornwall in our prehistoric workshop and find out how life changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

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Celts and Romans in Cornwall


Discover the archaeological collections at Penlee House and find out what life was like in Cornwall before and after the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43.

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Fish and Art: Life in Victorian Newlyn


Travel back in time to 1890 and meet a character from the fishing community of Newlyn. Learn about daily life through exploring the Newlyn School paintings, handling original and replica objects and visiting the Museum.

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum


What are museums and galleries? What do they do? What goes on behind the scenes? How do they put together exhibitions? Join us for a workshop that will reveal all!

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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words


Using the painting ‘School is Out’ by Elizabeth Armstrong as a starting point, explore the life of a Victorian school child through storytelling and role play.

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