5000 Piece Puzzles That You Might (Never) Finish

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By | Updated September 06, 2018
5000 Piece Puzzles That You Might (Never) Finish

Five hundred piece puzzles? Ha! A thousand? So simple! When it comes to puzzles, you go big or go home (unless you're already home). For a serious challenge, you need a 5,000 piece puzzle.

Puzzles definitely get bigger, but we're not trying to take up a whole year of your free time, maybe just a month or so. Once you get bigger than 2,000 pieces, your puzzle options start to get limited. That doesn't mean you should just get whatever you can find!

We did some deep digging to find awesome puzzles that will push your pattern recognition to its limits. Keep in mind that these are often massive puzzles, so clear some space (generally 5 feet by 3.5 feet, with one exception) and accept that you won't be able to use that space for anything else for a while.

01

For a scenic vista

For a scenic vista

This oil painting seascape provides a warm sunset and old-world charm. Enjoy little details like wine bottles and people in windows; the puzzle is photorealistic enough to get lost in as you make progress.

02

A puzzle that will keep you up at night

A puzzle that will keep you up at night

"Where does this bird go?!" you'll yell, fists shaking towards the sky as you try to place what feels like the thousandth whimsical bird in its place. The levity mixed with the complexity makes this puzzle ideal for the whole family.

03

If you know your way around the color wheel

If you know your way around the color wheel

Clemens Habicht, already known for frustrating color puzzles, decided to up the ante with this 5,000 piece color gamut puzzle. In this Pantone wonderland, each piece is a different color, resulting in a massive colorscape that's nearly 8 feet by 3 feet. This piece is easier than it looks, but not for the faint of heart (or the colorblind). 

04

A puzzle for map lovers

A puzzle for map lovers

If you want to turn your living room floor into a map of the world, this is the puzzle for you. In addition to climate-specific renderings of the continents, you also get to see the relative migratory patterns of various birds and marine life.

05

May the force help you finish this puzzle

May the force help you finish this puzzle

Though this puzzle doesn't feature any of the latest intergalactic heroes and villians in the Star Wars universe, it will be hours and hours and hours and hours and hours of fun (?) for any fan. The monochromatic border will test your patience so channel your inner Chirrut Îmwe.

06

Pure nightmare fuel

Pure nightmare fuel

If you can survive this gigantic puzzle made up of small vignettes of a strange town alone, you should probably be using your pattern recognition skills to advance society. Bizarre Town is nonsensical and full of intricate details so fitting pieces together will be serious challenge.

07

For history buffs

For history buffs

A nice mix of ancient architecture and greenery, this Jumbo puzzle has enough details to keep things interesting, but not so many that you'll feel overwhelmed. Let the foreground and sky lull you into complacency before you dive into the labyrinth of similar stone buildings and structures.

08

If you want to understand Michelangelo better

If you want to understand Michelangelo better

Though this puzzle only replicates a portion of the Sistine Chapel, you'll start to understand how Michelangelo felt painting the real one. You won't be dealing with a curved surface, but connecting these Renaissance scenes will prove grueling in its own right. 

Looking for something you can finish faster? Have a look at our 2,0001,000, and even 500 piece jigsaw puzzle guides.  

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