World Chess Hall of Fame

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The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) celebrates one of the world’s oldest and best-loved games through vibrant, engaging exhibitions and creative programming. The organization presents exhibitions that explore the history of the game as well as its remarkable impact on arts and culture. The WCHOF has featured work by artists Yoko Ono, M.C. Escher, and Victor Vasarely; legendary photographers Harry Benson and Anne Deniau; fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Gucci, and Victor & Rolf; and Saint Louis natives Tom Friedman and Michael Drummond. These unique shows and related programs are designed to appeal to both the chess novice and expert, defying expectations and enhancing knowledge of the game. Along with its sister organization, the Saint Louis Chess Club, and the WCHOF’s award-winning gift shop, Q Boutique, the activities of the WCHOF have distinguished Saint Louis as the Chess Capital of the United States, a national and international destination for chess, art, and history lovers alike.

4652 Maryland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

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An Unusual Stop
Reviewed By abroadwithashley July 2023

We decided to explore the World Chess Hall of Fame. The exhibit Sound Moves: Where Music Meets Chess was incredible. An exploration of how chess and music have enhanced, complemented, and challenged...

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Not for your average person
Reviewed By L7994CRoomqqq October 2023

The place costs nothing to visit. The big chess piece is cool. Not enough into chess to get into the museum. Unless chess is something you live for, find somewhere else to go to.

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Great little museum for chess fans
Reviewed By Annie C September 2023

The museum is quite small but it is interesting and we can easily spend an hour reading everything. Loved it

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10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wed. - Fri. until 9 p.m.

Handicap AccessibleMidtown/ClaytonCentral West End

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