Tours & Public Programs

Tours & Public Programs

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

Kathryn Adamchick

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, call (314) 367-9243.


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