Tours & Public Programs

Tours & Public Programs

For more information on school programs or the WCHOF curriculum, please contact:

Claire Grothe, Program Manager

(314) 367-9243 ext. 105

Tours & Public Programs

The World Chess Hall of Fame offers a dynamic selection of educational outreach geared toward the broadest possible audience.

In exploring the larger impact of chess on art, history, and popular culture, the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) programs are designed to appeal to chess novices and fans alike.

Guided Tours

Bring your group to the World Chess Hall of Fame!

Guided tours of the World Chess Hall of Fame are available by reservation only. A trained docent will take visitors on a tour of current exhibitions, highlighting notable works on all three floors and encouraging active discussion and engagement with the pieces on view. A standard guided tour will last approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Guided exhibition tours are $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free.

For more information or to book a private tour, please contact Claire Grothe at (314) 367-9243 ext. 105 or

Audio Tours

iPod tours of current exhibitions are available daily at the front desk and at no cost. In order to check out a WCHOF iPod, you will be asked to temporarily surrender a small valuable, such as a driver’s license, while the device is in your possession.

For the hearing impaired, transcripts of current audio tours are also available at the front desk.

Lecture and Performance Series

Offered in conjunction with current exhibitions and the collections on view, the WCHOF Lecture and Performance Series will feature curators, scholars, and artists engaging and discussing subjects relevant chess’ enduring cultural context. The series is offered periodically throughout the year, pending availability of speakers and artists, and touches on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to art, history, chess, and popular culture. When possible, lectures will be accompanied by a question and answer or discussion portion, allowing for meaningful interaction between visitors and speakers, and between visitors themselves.

Past Lecture and Performance Series programs:

October 6, 2011 – Dr. George Dean

For more than 50 years, chess collector and historian Dr. George Dean and his wife Vivian have traveled the world acquiring rare, beautiful, and culturally significant chess sets, including those exhibited in Chess Masterpieces: Highlights from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection at the World Chess Hall of Fame.

On October 6, 2011, Dr. Dean gave attendees a rare inside look at his spectacular collection, highlighting special pieces and sharing his experiences as a collector. Following the lecture and an exhibition walk-through, Dr. Dean signed copies of his book Chess Masterpieces: One Thousand Years of Extraordinary Chess Sets, which was available for purchase in Q Boutique at the World Chess Hall of Fame.

February 15, 2012 - Anatomy is Destiny

To celebrate the close of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s inaugural exhibitions, a performance of Liliya Lifanova’s Anatomy is Destiny (choreography by Davy Bisaro) was held at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Click here to view photographs from the performance.