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Queen joins escape room craze as Buckingham Palace launches Leonardo Artmergency!

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The Royal Collection Trust has launched its first escape room in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, inviting visitors to “think like a Renaissance genius”.

For the first time, the Queen’s Gallery will be transformed into Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! – a room full of puzzles and riddles.

Produced in collaboration with History Mystery, the game is part of the Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition.

leonardo da vinci escape room buckingham palaceIn rooms displaying Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings from the Royal Collection, teams of four to eight players have exclusive access for one hour.

The storyline, via History Mystery, is as follows: “An after-hours VIP tour is imminent but the curator has disappeared! Thankfully he’s well prepared but everything is securely locked away!

“Can you crack the codes, unlock the puzzles in Leonardo’s fascinating original works and find the missing curator before time runs out?”

The Queen’s Gallery will be transformed into four rooms of thematic puzzles and riddles as you solve the mystery of the missing curator.

Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! will feature props such as padlocked chests, while front of house wardens will serve as guides with extra clues.

Location-based entertainment trends

Ubisoft is launching Assassin’s Creed-themed virtual reality (VR) escape rooms in over 100 locations across the US and Europe.

Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, Beyond Medusa’s Gate is the latest location-based entertainment (LBE) experience from the company, following Assassin’s Creed Origins: Escape the Lost Pyramid.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is at the Queen’s Gallery from May 24 to October 13. Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! runs on Friday and Saturday evenings from June 14 to October 5, and costs £150 per team.

Image: Royal Collection Trust

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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