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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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Beautiful in every season

This gallery and cafe sit in the middle of one of the most beautiful and cared or parks in the UK. It is uplifting and therapeutic in every sense. With the sea both in view and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Beth S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gallery and cafe sit in the middle of one of the most beautiful and cared or parks in the UK. It is uplifting and therapeutic in every sense. With the sea both in view and easy access, it is a joy to visit.

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Thank Beth S
Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Difficult to put into words the excellent content of artwork contained therein. It deserves a visit that I'm sure you will appreciate and afterwards relax in the adjoining restaurant for a snack of coffee/tea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good exhibitions in a wonderful setting, the lovely Penlee Gardens, restaurant/cafe with outside sun deck. Just great. Go, you won't be dissapointed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful little art gallery and museum. A must if you like the "Newlyn" artists. Museum holds Cornish gems. Cafe food delicious.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second visit to Penlee House and I had a bit more time to spare this time, so was able to enjoy it thoroughly. The gallery's biggest attraction is the large collection of paintings by the Newlyn School of artists who visited this area from the 1880s onwards and painted beautiful, evocative and often deeply moving images of... More 

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

Dear Courtenay, Thank you for your lovely comments, I have shared them with the staff. I'm so pleased that you caught one of our very talented volunteers, Liz, who plays the role of Betsy Lanyon, one of the models for the Newlyn artists in the 1880s. Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to write a review.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see their Casket Of Pearls exhibition which was fabulous. It's a celebration of 20 years of collected artworks. Definitely worth a visit because of the diverse nature of the art on show that includes paintings, archaeological finds and photography. Rounded off by a coffee in their cafe cum shop. 90 minutes well spent on a rainy morning in... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I loved it here. So much to see and learn. Lovely friendly staff. Cafe with delicious coffee and soup. Sweet garden.

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Helston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Penlee house gallery & Museum is a good art gallery in the town of Penzance in Cornwall. The only problem is that I find that I didn't really see many paintings. I don't know if I went into the wrong rooms or not but it seems that all of the rooms are joining on to each other?

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have been visiting this art gallery for many years: it has a fabulous collection of 'Newlyn-school' paintings which are instantly accessible and attractive (which cannot be said for the Tate in St Ives). It rotates the collection so there is always something new to see. For many years it has also maintained a very high standard of 'special exhibitions'... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Interesting local exhibition. Current casket of pearls exhibition including recent acquisitions good cafe

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