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Experience a Masterpiece

Extended until 26 January 2020

Ground Floor Galleries

The Gallery becomes a painting studio, an imagined chapel and a room-sized experiment in this immersive exhibition that leads you through the mind of Leonardo da Vinci to explore his masterpiece, ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’.

What you will experience

The secrets of Leonardo’s masterpiece are revealed in four distinct spaces. Each space invites you to look at 'The Virgin of the Rocks' in a new way.

The mind of Leonardo

Start your journey in a landscape populated by the thoughts and ideas of Leonardo as he sets about painting 'The Virgin of the Rocks'.

The studio

Discover the secrets only science and conservation can reveal in this projection-filled space which unlocks the mysteries of how ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’ was painted and reveals the lost composition hidden beneath the painted surface.

The light and shadow experiment

Take part in the room-sized experiment to discover the dramatic effects of light and shadow on Leonardo’s composition for ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’.

The imagined chapel

At the end of your journey, you will come face to face with the original masterpiece where it hangs on the walls of an imagined chapel for you to contemplate how ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’ might have appeared in its original setting as part of an elaborate altarpiece.

Commissioned and produced by the National Gallery, London. Created by 59 Productions.

Image above: © The National Gallery, London

Ticket prices

Free for Members

Members need to book a timed ticket for this exhibition. Book now and sign in when prompted. The ticket price will be deducted during online checkout.

Standard admission

£18 Monday – Friday
£20 Saturday – Sunday

Book in advance and save £2

£16 Monday – Friday
£18 Saturday – Sunday

Only one discount can be applied per ticket.

A maximum of six tickets can be booked online in the same transaction.

To book more than six tickets, please visit the Gallery or email for more information.

Groups need to book at least one week ahead of their visit.

Students and jobseekers

A discount is available for students and jobseekers with proof of eligibility. 

Complimentary carer ticket 

A complimentary carer ticket can be booked with each disabled ticket.  

Families and children

Up to four free under-18 tickets can be booked with each adult ticket. 

Corporate membership 

Please contact: or phone 020 7747 5875

Exhibition supported by


Moretti Fine Art Ltd

The Italian Cultural Institute in London


With thanks to the Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the UK



Find out more

What you need to know about one of Leonardo’s most famous paintings
15 years after discovering a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks, we uncover more of the mystery
How would Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks have looked in its original setting?

Prize draw

Win a year-long National Gallery Membership or a pair of exhibition tickets
Enter our prize draw for your chance to win

One lucky winner will receive a year-long Membership to the Gallery. Members see exhibitions first and for free and enjoy special previews, curator talks, out-of-hours events and exclusive discounts.

And that’s not all - we’ve also got 3 pairs of Leonardo exhibition tickets to give away; the perfect gift for art-lovers or a treat for yourself. 

Enter your details below for your chance of winning. The deadline for entries is 11 December 2019. The prize-winners will be drawn on 16 December 2019 and contacted within 7 days.


Membership for you

Unlimited exhibition entry for one named individual.

Save £10 when you purchase an annual recurring Membership by Direct Debit

Joint Member
Joint Member

Unlimited exhibition entry for two names individuals living at the same address.

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Member and Guest
Member & Guest

Unlimited exhibition entry for one named individual and one guest

Save £10 when you purchase an annual recurring Membership by Direct Debit

Joint Member and Guests
Joint Member & Guests

Unlimited exhibition entry for two named individuals living at the same address and two guests.

Save £10 when you purchase an annual recurring Membership by Direct Debit