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’.

Penlee House Gallery and Museum

Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4HE

01736 363 625


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

Free entry with National Art Pass

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