Penzance 400

Penlee House Gallery and Museum

29 March – 7 June 2014

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.50)

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Paintings, photographs and artefacts are used to look back over the 400 years since Penzance gained its Charter of Incorporation in May 1614.

Internationally renowned scientist and inventor Humphry Davy, who was born in the town in 1778, is one of the key figures of the exhibition.

The Penzance native is best known for his experiments with gases, such as nitrous oxide – or laughing gas – which he once said he believed to ‘bestow all of the benefits of alcohol while being devoid of its flaws’.

Venue information

Opening times

1 Apr – 31 Oct
Daily, 10am - 5pm

1 Nov – 31 Mar
Daily,​ 10am – 4.30pm

Last admission 30 mins before closing

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)