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World Chess Hall of Fame

4652 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108-1913
+1 314-367-9243
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Who knew this was in St. Louis?

The world's largest chess piece sets outside. There was an event going on when we were there, so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike H
Waterloo, Iowa
Great surprise!

We weren't planning on going here, but it was sure worth it! The displays are thoughtful and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The mission of the World Chess Hall of Fame is to educate visitors, fans, players, and scholars by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the game of chess and its continuing cultural and artistic significance. 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. A not-for-profit, collecting institution situated in the heart of Saint Louis, the WCHOF houses both the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame, which honor the accomplishments of the game's finest players. The organization presents exhibitions that explore the history of the game, as well as its remarkable impact on arts and culture. These unique shows and programs are designed to appeal to both the chess novice and expert, defying expectations and enhancing knowledge of the game. Along with those of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the WCHOF's activities have distinguished Saint Louis as a national and international chess destination.
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4652 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108-1913
+1 314-367-9243
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The world's largest chess piece sets outside. There was an event going on when we were there, so we were only able to look at the art on the first floor, and the comic book display on the second. It was cool to look around...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren't planning on going here, but it was sure worth it! The displays are thoughtful and engaging, not exclusive to chess players. I don't play, but my family does. I enjoyed the craftsmanship of all the chess sets and loved the comic book exhibit....More

Thank asilemeter
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took two of our teenage kids here. We are not huge chess players and we figured that since it is free and is near Forest Park (the huge park in STL) if we were not enjoying it we could leave and...More

Thank Aaron R
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Yes, this is the chess hall of fame and there are tributes on a wall on the 3rd floor, but don't be fooled--this is not just for people into chess. This was 3 floors of art. The first floor exhibit was on par with any...More

Thank HoverBoots
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This is a must do in St. Louis for chess and non chess players it is a very good and outstanding presentation into the World of Chess. 3 floors of chess and it's exciting and entertaining.

1  Thank James G
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

I did not expect a museum about chess to be so interesting. The 2nd and 3rd levels had some really cool chess set designs. I would highly recommend visiting this place if you are in the Central West End.

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The gift shop downstairs has chessboards and pieces I would have never dreamed of. If you're eclectic like me you can mix and match a board and different pieces. They range from very inexpensive to expensive. The rotating exhibits on the second and third floor...More

Thank Rachel J
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

They are across the street from each other, the museum and chess club. We enjoyed visiting both. We had no problem finding parking. This is a nice area and there is plenty to do with all the different shopping places. If you love chess, this...More

Thank Ron P
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I am a Chess Player so I wanted to visit the museum and adjacent Chess Club. However both Weekend days there were no parking spots available within a mile. There are a lot of Restaurants in the area the Club is also concurrently running the...More

Thank Travelsupr
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Great place! The world's largest chess piece is located in front of the museum. The inside is two floors of amazing art and chess boards made of all kinds of materials. It was truly a great museum to visit!

1  Thank pnkgirl27
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