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“Excellent. free on saturdays.”

Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Ranked #2 of 64 things to do in Penzance
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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“Excellent. free on saturdays.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

traditional wonderful pictures. Not this modern rubbish at the Tate. Café area. prints and posters for sale

Visited May 2013
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

The service here in this cafe is terrible,I have been 3 times (its is around the corner from a friend who has an hour for lunch)each time there has been a problem ,wrong order,doors locked,wrong coffee, and the waiter has a serious attitude problem and needs training.He is unhelpful and rude.
I will never go back.

Visited April 2014
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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“A Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

Excellent permanent collection of St Ives/Newlyn School paintings plus special exhibitions. Small entrance charge but free on Saturdays.Very good café. Not to be missed!

Visited December 2013
Thank RebekahYork
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Portishead, United Kingdom
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“Another great visit to Penlee House.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

Another visit to one of our favourite places. Penlee House Gallery is blessed with some of the best paintings of the Newlyn School Artists. Have enjoyed them on many a visit over the years, and always find some we haven't seen before. The highlights this time were the originals of Penzance Station and the Market Place both by Stanhope Forbes, and on loan to the Gallery until June. Enjoyed so much that we are going again today. Will also have lunch in the lovely Orangery Cafe, where they serve a delightful range of light meals and delicious cakes. A small shop stocks books, greeting cards and also prints of the paintings. No visit to Penzance would be complete for us without a visit here. Do be aware that like all galleries there are times when exhibitions are being re- hung. That said, the cafe is always available, as are the Newlyn School paintings owned by Penlee House. Do treat yourself to a visit here when in Penzance, reasonable price for admission, free on Saturdays and donations are always welcomed.

Visited March 2014
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Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
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“Edward Bouverie Hoyton 1900 - 1988: Master Etcher”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

This artists work is observation and representation at it's zenith. As Hoyton wrote he did some abstract works but it was too easy.
The Penlee has much else to see including the original " Cornish Pirate" on loan from Penzance and Newlyn RUFC.
There is also a large oil painting depicting the action of 4th January 1867 in which Private Samuel Hodge, 4th West India Regiment was awarded the VC for his gallant conduct at the siege and capture of Tubabecolong, Gambia River. My opinion is that Desanges work does not show Hodge in the best way.

Visited March 2014
Thank Roland P
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