Sharpen Your Sleuthing Skills: Buckingham Palace Is Opening a Leonardo da Vinci Escape Room

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Escape rooms are still all the rage. If you’ve never participated in an escape room game before, it’s just as fun and mysterious as it sounds: You and your team must work together to find clues and solve puzzles to accomplish your goal and literally escape from a room in a set amount of time. Now, Buckingham Palace is getting in on the fun with a Leonardo da Vinci-themed escape room.

All summer long, the palace will host “Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency!” in the Queen’s Gallery. You and your team will search for clues in da Vinci’s drawings and try to solve the riddles that lie within. But don’t worry—you don’t need to be an art history major or a Renaissance buff to beat the clock. Just bring a creative mind and your sleuthing skills, and you’ll be all set.

The escape room will run at the same time as an exhibition called “Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing,” which will feature 200 of the artist’s original drawings in honor of the 500th anniversary of his death. According to the description of the event, it will be the largest exhibition of da Vinci’s work in over 65 years.

If you want to get in on the fun and help solve the “artmergency,” book your trip to Buckingham Palace and get your tickets now. The escape room will run every Friday and Saturday from now until the first week in October. It costs £150 (about $190) per team, and every team can have between four and eight people. When else will you have the chance to solve a literal mystery inside of the Queen’s Gallery?