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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
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 July 2016
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Tranby
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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East Syracuse, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The World Chess Hall of Fame is an uninteresting place that comes up short on providing compelling and relevant information about its members and chess itself, aside from it being a pain to reach by car. Getting to the World Chess Hall of Fame by car on a Saturday in summer was not easy because of a combination of lack... More 

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East Syracuse, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The museum is three floors . First floor is mostly shut down for upcoming exhibits, which change ever six months & gift shop. Second floor is a child's theme with large chess pieces in a partly built plastic block castle. Third floor is about the women's role. Here are large glass cases with photos, women players & chess related articles.... More 

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Allison R, Events Coordinator at World Chess Hall of Fame, responded to this review

Hi Jack, Thank you for visiting the World Chess Hall of Fame! I am pleased you had the chance to view our exhibits and am very happy you enjoyed the World's Largest Chess Piece. I apologize that our first floor was closed during your visit. As you mentioned we do switch our exhibits every 6 months, but we actually do... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

The Hall of Fame is across the street from the Chess Club. It is small but has 3 stories of exhibits. Two floors are changing exhibits every few months. Since I live nearby, and am a small museum buff, I visit a couple times a year, though each visit is under 30 minutes. The history of the game, the people,... More 

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Allison R, Events Coordinator at World Chess Hall of Fame, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind review and your continued support of the World Chess Hall of Fame! We hope to see you back soon. More 

Tustin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

You can play games across the street and they have a fourteen foot tall king, the tallest in the world.

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Allison R, Events Coordinator at World Chess Hall of Fame, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed our King. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Well done exhibit of chess masters. Enjoyed the display and information. Free for this part. Second floor a playground for kids that has a fee.

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