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Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Morrab Road, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363625
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Thought provoking

The Stanhope Forbes exhibition is excellent. The presentation is very good, the atmosphere is just... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Michael H
Stanhope Forbes Exhibition - Excellent exhibition, nice museum

We nearly didn't get to see the Stanhope Forbes exhibition at the Penlee House gallery, as we ran... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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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Morrab Road, Penzance, England
+44 1736 363625
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Stanhope Forbes exhibition is excellent. The presentation is very good, the atmosphere is just right and the Forbes paintings outstanding and thought provoking. Such fantastic detail. The shop was good too. Friendly helpful staff, a good two hours.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We nearly didn't get to see the Stanhope Forbes exhibition at the Penlee House gallery, as we ran out of time on the day that we were at Penzance, but we decided to go before setting off home on our last day in Cornwall. And...More

Thank 316neilr
Louise C, Manager at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Neil - thank you for your super review of the Stanhope Forbes show! The exhibition is on until Saturday 9 September at 4.30pm (last admissions) so hopefully you can come back and catch it again before it ends. Best wishes Louise

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice gallery in a lovely setting. They have an excellent collection of Newlyn school artists including Stanhope Forbes. The cafe has good food and excellent home made scones. The gardens are shady and the setting for outdoor theater.

Thank boygardner
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Husband and I went to Penlee House Gallery and Museum to too view the works of Stanhope Alexander Forbes R.A on June the 25th 2017 the exhibition was so good that we went back a few days later and it did not disappoint yet...More

Thank maureensaysell
Reviewed 1 week ago

The gallery currently has a Stanhope Forbes exhibition running and it is really is superb. The lighting, spacing and interpretation is excellent. One large painting is on display for the first time in over seventy years. The works illustrate Forbes' oeuvre over time and makes...More

Thank plymouth
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Stanhope Forbes exhibition at the Penlee gallery is really superb even if you've been to the museum before. Apart from the excellence of the artwork the layout and descriptions are very clear. A great activity if en route to the Scilly Isles.

Thank Vikinghat
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is THE place to go if you want to see and experience the famous works of the local 19th Century 'Newlyn School' colony of artists - capturing the essence of Cornwall and Cornish life on canvas. Joy, melancholy, community, 'love of the land' as...More

Thank KernowThomas
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum is in it's beautiful gardens with tennis courts, children's play area and open air theatre. At the time we visited there was an exhibition of the work of Stanhope Forbes as well as two galleries of local history. There is the usual shop...More

Thank Bramblasaurus
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had to spend a couple of hours in Penzance so decided it was a good opportunity to visit this gallery and an exhibition about a Newlyn artist Stanhope Forbes. The exhibition was well put together and the paintings were lovely - capturing Cornish life...More

Thank LondonJmj
Louise C, Manager at Penlee House Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for submitting such a positive review of the Stanhope Forbes exhibition and for your comments about Penzance. It is definitely a wonderful town to visit, with its beautiful Jubilee Pool and quirky independent shops with their unspoilt, historic shopfronts. Thank you for sharing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this lovely gallery to see the Stanhope Forbes exhibition which was stunning. Not only the artwork but the history and photography of Cornwall is so interesting. the cafe is really pleasant with outside tables overlooking the wonderful garden.

Thank jennyb13a
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