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Penlee House Gallery & Museum

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Address: Morrab Road, Penzance, England
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+44 1736 363625
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Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in...

Penlee House Gallery & Museum is the only Cornish venue specialising in the Newlyn School and early St Ives artists (c.1880 - c.1940). This popular museum and art gallery is set in a building that was originally a Victorian family home, surrounded by a delightful sub-tropical park formed from the original garden. Changing exhibitions throughout the year celebrate the rich artistic heritage of West Cornwall.Winner of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011-12 and of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2009, 2010 and 2011 as Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. Open Monday to Saturday (Closed Sundays) throughout the year, including most Bank Holidays (closed Christmas and New Year), opening hours are 10am - 5pm during the summer (Easter to September) and 10.30 to 4.30 in the winter, with last admission half an hour before closing.

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Charming and well-stocked museum/gallery

Came to check out the paintings, but enjoyed the whole place. Arrived to be told entry was free that day due to some special exhibition, which was a nice surprise. The first room... read more

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jinox
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came to check out the paintings, but enjoyed the whole place. Arrived to be told entry was free that day due to some special exhibition, which was a nice surprise. The first room held a selection of local arts and crafts for sale, with some very nice pieces. The rest of the ground floor was my real reason for coming,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit whilst in Penzance. It is a small museum art gallery but has some fantastic pieces to view including local artists old and new from the area The cafe/bistro serves beautiful homemade food of a very high standard. All well worth a visit

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Penlee House Gallery &Museum is a fairly small Gallery/Museum but holds a most interesting array of local objects of interest including History,Geology,Mining and much more. The Gallery always has on show beautiful paintings from the Newlyn School and great exhibitions by other Artists.Very helpful Staff and Volunteers. And as a bonus a good shop and lovely Tea Room,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been visiting Penlee on and off for 20 years but had not been able to visit for the last 3. This was a fleeting trip but we thoroughly enjoyed coming back. The tearoom is excellent (food and staff), the shop is well stocked (and again, wonderful staff) and we particularly enjoyed the photographic exhibition and the local Christmas... More 

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Louise C, Manager at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Sandy, Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Penlee and I am delighted that you shared your positive experience with others on Trip Advisor. Hope to see you back here again soon. Very best wishes Louise More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent museum & art gallery, with a number of works by the 'Birmingham Boys'. The cafe is great for light lunches as well as teas, coffees & cakes. Well worth a visit.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Very nice cafe serving excellent homemade food, clearly very popular with local residents. Gardens around the gallery are also nicely set out with exotic plants. Did not have time to visit the gallery itself on this occasion.

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Bournemouth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

On a wet and windy November break we hit upon Penzance as a good place to explore regardless of weather . We were recommended to the small but distinctive museum which houses a collection of exquisite paintings by the Newlyn School , alongside it on the first floor is an exhibition of Cornish social and industrial life , small but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My wife and I enjoyed the local flavor of the exhibits and artists; we had a nice snack at the cafe. It's down a side street and the entrance isn't obvious but we're glad we found it.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Our first visit to the museum in spite of many trips into Penzance. Our main focus was the brilliant exhibition of Barns-Graham. We loved the video which was both informative and emotional. I was at university in St Andrews and spend a lot of time in West Penwith so it was all resonant. The challenge for female artists at the... More 

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Louise C, Manager at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Kathy, I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham exhibition. We try, wherever possible, to showcase the work of women artists, even though this period, and that of the Newlyn School artists before it, was male dominated. You may be interested to know that the film can be seen on our exhibitions page on the Penlee House website... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I had lunch here a few days ago. It was lovely but I did have to ask for the meat component to be left out as there were very few vegetarian options which I was surprised and shocked at. A few veggie options would go a long way please. Interestingly on the website where opening times and daily specials are... More 

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