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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

A Journey Through West Cornwall and The Cornish Paintings of Martina Thomas

27 January 2024 until 20 April 2024

Exhibitions at Penlee

A programme of changing exhibitions celebrates the people and artists who lived and worked in west Cornwall during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Exceptional Harold Harvey


1 May 2024
until
28 September 2024
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Barbara Wills ARCA – A Centenary Celebration


18 September 2023
until
13 January 2024
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Lamorna Colony Pioneers


3 May 2023
until
30 September 2023
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Penlee Inspired 2023


18 January 2023
until
22 April 2023
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Fred Yates In Cornwall


12 October 2022
until
7 January 2023
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Laura Knight: A Celebration


17 May 2021
until
16 September 2021
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Newlyn School Interiors


21 March 2020
until
17 April 2021
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Celebrating Work and Play:


11 January 2020
until
14 March 2020
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Penzance Selects


23 November 2019
until
4 January 2020
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Munnings in Cornwall


15 June 2019
until
7 September 2019
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Artists by Themselves


23 March 2019
until
8 June 2019
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Penlee Inspired 2018


24 November 2018
until
5 January 2019
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Borlase Smart: A Passion for the Sea


15 September 2018
until
17 November 2018
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David Haughton in St Just


13 January 2018
until
17 March 2018
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The Gibson Dynasty: Pioneers of Photography


25 November 2017
until
6 January 2018
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John Armstrong: Dream & Reality


16 September 2017
until
18 November 2017
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Stanhope Forbes: Father of the Newlyn School


10 June 2017
until
9 September 2017
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Penhaul Undiscovered


26 November 2016
until
28 January 2017
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Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Scottish Artist in St Ives


10 September 2016
until
19 November 2016
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Penzance Selects


7 November 2015
until
9 January 2016
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The Bigger Picture


12 September 2015
until
21 November 2015
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Cornish Light: Nottingham 1894 Revisited


20 June 2015
until
5 September 2015
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Sons and Daughters of the Soil


28 March 2015
until
13 June 2015
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Penlee Inspired


29 November 2014
until
10 January 2015
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Leonard Fuller (1891 – 1973): A Sympathetic Eye


13 September 2014
until
22 November 2014
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Model Citizens: Myths and Realities


14 June 2014
until
6 September 2014
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Troika Pottery: 1963 – 1983


19 January 2013
until
9 March 2013
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Sven Berlin: Out of the Shadows


15 September 2012
until
24 November 2012
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Dame Laura Knight RA: In the Open Air


16 June 2012
until
8 September 2012
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Walter Langley and the Birmingham Boys


11 June 2011
until
10 September 2011
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The Talented Garstins


2 April 2011
until
23 May 2011
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Treasures from the Earth


5 March 2011
until
23 May 2011
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The Marvellous Everyday


22 January 2011
until
26 March 2011
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Picture Post 


27 November 2010
until
15 January 2011
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Sea Change : St Ives 1914 – 1930


11 September 2010
until
20 November 2010
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A Cornish Childhood


29 May 2010
until
4 September 2010
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West Cornwall Studio Pottery 1920 – 1980


16 January 2010
until
13 March 2010
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Penle Inspired 2009


5 December 2009
until
9 January 2010
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Utmost Fidelity: Marianne Stokes 


19 September 2009
until
28 November 2009
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Brotherhood of the Palette 


20 June 2009
until
28 November 2009
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Wild Cornwall (Darwin 200)


21 March 2009
until
13 June 2009
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A Village in Focus: Newlyn 


17 January 2009
until
14 March 2009
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A Village in Focus: Mousehole


29 November 2008
until
14 March 2009
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The Magic of a Line


20 September 2008
until
28 November 2009
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Dawn of a Colony: Lyrical Light


14 June 2008
until
13 September 2008
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Jack Pender (1918 – 1998)


19 January 2008
until
8 March 2008
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Gifts Given


1 December 2007
until
8 March 2008
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Dod Procter


15 September 2007
until
24 November 2007
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Seal’s Colony


17 March 2007
until
2 June 2007
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Printmaking in Penwith


13 January 2007
until
10 March 2007
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Richard T Pentreath (1806 – 1869)


25 November 2006
until
6 January 2007
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Cornish Serpentine: A Cornish Industry Explored


26 November 2005
until
21 January 2006
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Faces of Cornwall


23 April 2005
until
11 June 2005
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Norman Garstin: Focus Show


5 March 2005
until
16 April 2005
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Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854–1931)


6 November 2004
until
8 January 2005
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The Whitehouse Sisters


11 September 2004
until
16 October 2004
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David Leach


17 January 2004
until
20 March 2004
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Ella and Charles Naper: Art and Life in Lamorna


15 November 2003
until
10 January 2004
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150 Years of Penzance School of Art: 1853–2003


13 September 2003
until
8 November 2003
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Copperwork in Cornwall


22 February 2003
until
5 April 2003
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Flash Harry: Photography by Harry Penhaul


11 January 2003
until
15 February 2003
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