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“Great Gallery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Morrab Road, Penzance, England
+44(0)1736 363625
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Ranked #2 of 24 Attractions in Penzance
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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“Great Gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Set in a fine garden, with excellent shop and cafe. Welcoming staff. Great display of artists local to the area, and good temporary exhibits. There is also a small museum area upstairs.

Visited June 2012
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warners bay
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“Nice gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The gallery had an interesting display, including artefacts from the surrounding area and an exhibition of the works of Sven Berlin. Visitors could avail themselves of refreshments in the adjoining cafe and enjoy the pleasant garden surroundings. Entrance was free on Saturdays.

Visited November 2012
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Devon
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“A good mix of museum and art gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I have been to this corner of Cornwall a few times now and have always included Penlee House and Tate St Ives as a must to visit.
I have got to say I always find Penlee House a nicer experience than Tate St Ives.
Maybe there is not the light effect of Tate St Ives, but the lay out and background info to the art is better.
The Sven Berlin exhibition was fascinating, and there is always some Newlyn School art to view.
Parking is easy. The cafe is good.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Tate St Ives could learn from their exhibitions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

This is a small gallery converted from an elegant town house.
Their visiting exhibitions are Cornwall-related (Sven Berlin currently and before that Laura Knight and a comparison show of Breton and Cornish paintings) and are small enough to avoid that punch-drunk feeling which comes with bigger block-buster shows elsewhere. Yes there should be more Newlyn School paintings permanently on show, but there seems to be no available space.
Am I the only one to think Elizabeth Forbes is a better painter than Stanhope?
There are also interesting displays of local social history and archaeology.
There is a good shop and a better cafe, inexpensive car parking close by and, whilst you pay on weekdays, the Penlee is free on Saturdays (and closed Sundays).

Visited October 2012
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“An excellent visitor attraction, specially if you take your Art seriously”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The nice mix of art exhibition and museum. Coffee shop very good. Bit of a trek uphill if you are walking from the seafront trying to find it - approach it from town centre if on foot!

Visited October 2012
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