World Chess Hall of Fame

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  • 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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Worth the Visit
Reviewed By KalNJ July 2021

A small, but fascinating museum. Well worth the visit, looking at all the unique chess sets they've collected. Unfortunately, one floor was closed to a private event, however, I'm glad we went. Some...

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Go even if you don't play chess,
Reviewed By lazearopinion2 October 2021

We really enjoyed this three story museum type experience. The many chess sets from around the globe was very interesting. The photos and narratives throughout the famous players area was nice...

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Very underwhelming
Reviewed By Bubba042619 August 2021

There are 3 floors. 1 was chess boards from around the world which was cool. The second floor was more chess board but about food which didn't seem to have any reason to be there. Then, the top floor...

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