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 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.

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Even people who know nothing about chess will enjoy this museum
Reviewed By rockcole June 2021

I did not realize that St Louis is the international chess capital. What a nice "find" off the beaten path. An hour and a half tour and then stroll the streets for a half hour.

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The Good and the Meh...
Reviewed By Joe W May 2021

First the good. The interaction with the staff was amazing. They were friendly, knowledgeable and just pleasant to interact with. The gift shop was awesome with several game sets available for...

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Great Gift Shop and Keith Haring Exhibit
Reviewed By Kelly N March 2021

I was surprised that the Keith Haring exhibit took up more space that the Hall of Fame area on the 3rd floor; however, as a non chess player, I was glad I popped in to check it out. The Keith Herring...

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