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World Chess Hall of Fame

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Address: 4652 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108-1913
Phone Number:
+1 314-367-9243
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The mission of the World Chess Hall of Fame is to educate visitors, fans,...

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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Lovely place to see while in St. Louis also the area here is fab lots of good restaurants and bars.central west end all in walking distance to anywhere

Reviewed 1 July 2016
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 are breathtaking. I've seen photography arranged in a way to infer that its an analogy... More 

Thank Rachel J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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 is a place you must visit.

Thank Ron P
Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 US Men and Women's Chess Championship so there are probably a lot of spectators area... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This was a self-guided tour. Very interesting pieces. I wanted to stop in here, because my son is an avid chess player and I was hoping to get him a souvenir; however, the gift shop was closed. Friendly staff at the front desk.

Thank Teal R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Free admission. 3 floors of various chess related artifacts. Lots of beautiful chess sets made from interesting materials. Many items signed by super GMs like Magnus Carlsen. The famous STL Chess Club is on the opposite side of the street.

1 Thank T Alexander L
East Syracuse, New York
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417 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

In my June review I mentioned that parking was across Maryland Ave., however not giving any address. The lot is for a small mall. I used in my GPS unit the address for Kingside Diner, 4651 Maryland Avenue, St. Louis, MO. The diner is next door. I paid $6.00 for 1 & 1/2 hours. Can't say if this is a... More 

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Reviewed 6 August 2016

I was in St. Louis for a family reunion and my cousin and I were in the Central West End of St. Louis, and as we walked to our destination, I passed by a storefront like I have never seen before in my life. Shocked with amazement staring through the window were people playing chess. As a player of chess... More 

1 Thank Marty L
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Found this place while searching for things to do in St. Louis. Thought it might be fun for my 11-year old daughter who was familiar with chess. The advertisement about interactive exhibits was really enticing so I had high hopes that this would be worth seeing. We were somewhat confused about parking. We parked at a spot across the street... More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to see while in St. Louis also the area here is fab lots of good restaurants and bars.central west end all in walking distance to anywhere

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