Penlee House Gallery & Museum | Penzance

Penlee House

Gallery & Museum

Morrab Road | Penzance | TR18 4HE

T: 01736 363625

I dropped into Penlee House Gallery & Museum a few weeks ago, unfortunately they don’t allow photography inside the gallery so no pictures I’m afraid.

Built in 1865, this grand Victorian property sits majestically within its own grounds including a park, gardens and children’s play area. Inside there’s a cafe and shop on the ground floor (where you pay your admission) and also one of the galleries – on at the time of my visit was John Armstrong: Dream & Reality.

You then follow the staircase up to the first floor where the permanent collection’s housed; this covers five main areas – archaeology, fine art, natural history, photography, social history and decorative arts. The museum, founded in 1839, covers 6000 years of West Cornwall’s history, with all items thoughtfully curated; it’s a real must-see for anyone of any age with an interest in Penwith.

The art collection on display in the next room’s still growing thanks mainly to the support of The Friends of Penlee; an independent charity set up to help raise funds for the museum and gallery. It focuses on painting in West Cornwall in the late nineteenth / early twentieth century and the exhibition (which does change) includes work from the Lamorna Group and the Newlyn School; a personal favourite of mine on view at the time was School is Out (1889) by Elizabeth Forbes.

Website: Penlee House Gallery & Museum

To find out what’s currently on please click HERE.

• £5.00 adults, £4.00 concessions (inc over 60’s), children (under 18) FREE


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