Lonely Planet Writer

Buckingham Palace art gallery is turning into a Leonardo da Vinci-themed escape room

Fans of escape room challenges will be able to take on one that has an artistic and decidedly royal twist. The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London is hosting an activity called Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! every Friday and Saturday for the next few months.

Participants examining clues in the Leonardo da Vinci-themed escape room at Buckingham Palace
The art gallery at Buckingham Palace is turning into an Leonardo da Vinci-themed escape room. Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Developed in collaboration with History Mystery, it will feature four rooms of Leonardo da Vinci-themed puzzles and riddles. During the challenge, teams of between four and eight participants will work together to solve the mystery of the missing curator. “Think like a Renaissance genius to unlock the mysteries in Leonardo’s drawings,” says the Royal Collection Trust. “Your team will need careful observation, creative thinking and detective work to beat the clock, but no prior art history knowledge is required.”

A woman examining clues at the Leonard da Vinci-themed escape room at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is hosting an activity called Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! every Friday and Saturday for the next few months. Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

The escape room challenge coincides with an exhibition that is running at the gallery called Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing. Marking the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death, the exhibition brings together more than 200 of his greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years. Acquired during the reign of Charles II, they reflect the full range of his interests, including painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.

Participants examining clues in the Leonardo da Vinci-themed escape room at Buckingham Palace
Leonardo Artmergency! is a Leonardo da Vinci-themed escape room at Buckingham Palace. Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

The escape room challenges take place every Friday and Saturday at 6.15pm, 6.45pm, 7.15pm and 7.45pm, until 5 October. It costs £150 (€167.50) per team of four to eight people, and tickets cannot be sold separately. The challenge is suitable for those aged 14 and upwards.

Two women sitting in front of a selection of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings in Buckingham Palace/
The exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is running at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Image: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

To book Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency!, visit the Royal Collection Trust’s official website here.