World Chess Hall of Fame

  • Arts & Culture Information Attractions
  • Midtown/Clayton
  • Central West End

The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) celebrates one of the world’s classic 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. Additionally, the WCHOF is home to Guinness World Records' Largest Chess Piece. 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 global destination for chess, art, and history lovers alike.

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Free Rainy Day Activity
Reviewed By sydsel September 2022

The World Chess Hall of Fame is a fun, free rainy day activity. The museum doesn’t update its theme very frequently, so it’s not one you can regularly go back to. However, all the exhibits are well...

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Loved it!
Reviewed By TripMember09282022 September 2022

This is a small, well-kept museum in an upscale area (looks to be a fair bit of shopping in the area, though we didn’t check it out). The current exhibit which dominates the museum is the Bobby...

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Good for a nice chess art gallery with some history
Reviewed By 795davec July 2022

The building has three floors of various chess sets and information on championship games and players, complete with gift shop. The chess sets were from standard to artsy. There was info on a...

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