Penlee House Gallery & Museum

The artistic heart of West Cornwall’s history

About Penlee House

Originally built in 1865, Penlee House today is a first-class gallery and museum in the heart of Penzance, located in Penlee Park.

It specialises in exhibits focused on the area’s unique cultural heritage and incorporates the historic collections of Penzance Town Council, Cornwall Council, and the Newlyn Art Gallery.

Penlee offers a range of family activities, volunteering opportunities and workshops for adults and children.

It is also home to The Orangery Café , which serves a selection of light lunches, afternoon tea and coffee, and has a popular range of delicious homemade cakes.

Visiting Penlee House

You can find out more about current exhibitions, opening times, admission prices, group bookings, and school visits by visiting the Penlee House Gallery & Museum website.

Visitors to Penlee House pause to look at a painting
Exterior of Penlee House

Friends of Penlee House

The Friends is an independent Registered Charity formed in 1987 with the object of supporting Penlee House Gallery and Museum in its cultural and educational activities.

Benefits of being a Friend

  • Free admission to Penlee House all year round
  • 10% discount on most items in the shop
  • Being part of a friendly, vibrant, award-winning Gallery community
  • ARTeFACT newsletter three times a year keeping you up-to-date with exhibitions, events and acquisitions
  • Invitations to Private Views at the Gallery
  • A monthly lecture programme through most of the year (see below, Lecture Series)
  • Sociable fund-raising events and educational activities

Join the Friends of Penlee today!

Penlee House & Penzance Council

Penlee House is owned and operated by Penzance Council, with all key decisions on management taken by the Arts & Culture Committee.

Owned and operated by Penzance Council

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