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