Penlee House Gallery and Museum

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Penlee House is the only Cornish public gallery specialising in the Newlyn School artists (c.1880 - c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and Laura Knight. Set in an elegant Victorian house and park, Penlee House also covers West Cornwall's archaeology and social history, and offers an excellent café and well-stocked shop.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Easter Saturday to 30 September:
Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
(last admissions 4.30 pm)

1 October to Good Friday:
Monday to Saturday, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
(last admissions 4.00 pm)
Open Bank Holidays but please note we are closed on the following dates: 24th - 28th December and 1 January

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Concessions £3.00
Saturdays FREE (donations invited)
Children FREE
Friends of Penlee House FREE
Museum Association members FREE
National Art Collections Fund members FREE

Saturdays - FREE admission to all


  • Museums Association

Penlee House is best known for its permanent collection of paintings by artists of the 'Newlyn School' and Lamorna Group, which we are actively developing through purchases, gifts, bequests and long-term loans. Some of the most famous works include 'The Rain it Raineth Every Day' by Norman Garstin, 'School is Out' by Elizabeth Forbes, and 'Among the Missing' by Walter Langley. Our exhibitions usually include some works from this collection, but please note that there is no permanent fine art display. If you wish to see a particular painting, please telephone before your visit to check whether it will be on display. Penlee House's wide-ranging collections cover several disciplines, and our museum displays feature changing selections of works and artefacts from each subject area.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Paintings by artists of the Newlyn School and Lamorna Group
  • The Rain it Raineth Every Day by Norman Garstin
  • School is Out by Elizabeth Forbes
  • Among the Missing by Walter Langley
  • Etchings and lithographs by such artists as Prout, Pentreath, Daniell, Garnier and Tonkin
  • Textiles designed by Alec Walker who founded Cryséde
  • Works by photographers such as Frith and Valentine, and also by local photographers such as Preston, Moody, Gibson, Richards, Penhaul
  • Work from the early 1800s by such potters as Slooman of Penzance, to the more modern work by Troika, Celtic Pottery and Tremaen
  • Newlyn Copper and jewellery
  • Flint tools, hammer heads, arrowheads, querns, and an important collection of Bronze Age funeral urns and other pottery
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Whilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Scottish Artist in St Ives

  • 10 September — 19 November 2016 *on now

With work from every period of her varied career, this exhibition casts a light on the influence of her Scottish background, while exploring her training at Edinburgh College of Art and her continuing links to Scotland following her move to St Ives.

Originally from St Andrews, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 – 2004) established an international reputation as a leading British modernist in St Ives, where she lived throughout her life. In 1951, she won the Painting Prize in the Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall Festival of Britain Exhibition and went on to have her first London solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery in 1952. She was included in many of the important exhibitions on pioneering British abstract art that took place in the 1950s. Though not short of exposure throughout the 1960s and 70s, her next greatest successes came in the last decade of her life.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Penlee House Gallery and Museum
Morrab Road
TR18 4HE





01736 363625


01736 361312

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