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“A great find in the back streets of Penzance”

Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Ranked #2 of 74 things to do in Penzance
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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.
Reviewed 11 September 2017

My husband and I visited the lovely Penlee House while the Stanhope Forbes exhibition was on. What a fantastic place, what a fantastic exhibition. Well worth a visit and the entrance fee. We had been to see the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition in Albi earlier in the year and as far as we were concerned the Stanhope Forbes paintings could knock his into a cocked hat! Purely a personal view of course.....

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The recent Stanhope Forbes exhibition is this gallery at its best. There is a real buzz about the rooms. The permanent display is equally interesting with the amazing history of West Cornwall. The gallery cafe is great with a really pleasant outdoor seating area as well.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing paintings by Stanhope Forbes sorry the exhibition finishing soon would like to go back again and again.
The permanent paintings in the Museum are incredible but it was great you see so many magnificent Stanhope Forbes altogether.

Thank Josephine L
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We visited on a wet morning in August and particularly wanted to see the Stanhope Forbes exhibition. We were not disappointed. Galleries in bigger places with more resources should see is exhibition and book it. This is the way to do it. With around 70 paintings showing different aspects of his style and including some stunning paintings, it was the best exhibition of a single artist's work I have seen. The gallery is a manageable size, so not exhausting like the National Gallery etc. It has a cafe and is set in pretty gardens. We had a coffee which was OK. The food looked nice though we didn't eat there. There is also a small museum focusing on local history which was well curated. I particularly liked the Crysede fabrics and designs which I had never heard of ( there are a few more in the St Ives museum). The exhibition ends at the end of September so catch it if you can.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Penlee House and gardens are a little hidden gem in Penzance. There is an outdoor theatre plus the Penlee House Gallery. Always an interesting show generally about the Newlyn School of artists. There is also a museum eclectic in collection about Penzance which is also very interesting. Probably the best idea if you enjoy art is to purchase the Art Pass which allows unlimited entry for a week to Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, Bernard Leach pottery, Penlee House Gallery, Newlyn Art Gallery, The Exchange Gallery. There are brilliant cafes in each place (except Bernard Leach pottery).

Thank Valerie F
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