Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

1 February – 6 May 2019

In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, will give the widest ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist. 12 drawings selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – will be shown at each venue in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland – meaning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is the only opportunity to see this work between Leeds and Scotland!

Following these exhibitions, in May 2019 the drawings will then be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years. A selection of 80 drawings will then travel to The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in November 2019, the largest group of Leonardo’s works ever shown in Scotland.

Tickets to see Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens are available in 1 hour time slots and can be purchased below or at the Visitor Services desk in the museum.

Please note you must purchase a ticket for a specific date and time to view this exhibition, however there is no entry charge to the other exhibitions in the museum .

Adults: £2.50 admission
Under 16s: free entry

Exhibition ticket slots are available hourly as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: 11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Wednesday: 11am – 7pm (Late night opening, last entry 6pm)
Thursday: 11am – 7pm (Late night opening, last entry 6pm)
Sunday: 12noon – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

To pre-book your tickets for advance dates please click SEE ALL below.

We also have several relaxed family sessions available, find out more and book here.

PLEASE NOTE – The Leonardo da Vinci exhibition is open as normal today. Anyone who had tickets booked for either Saturday 23 or Sunday 24 March will be contacted either by email or phone as soon as possible, to arrange a refund or to exchange the tickets for another date and time. Once again, apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced at the weekend, especially those who had travelled into Sunderland specifically for the exhibition.