Summer 2021 Exhibitions Reception

Join us for the in-person opening reception of our newest exhibitions, Pawns & Passports: Chess Sets from Around the Globe and Check, Please!: Chess Dining & Decor on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Pawns & Passports: Chess Sets from Around the Globe features chess sets from over 30 countries, demonstrating how people from different regions have transformed the pieces to reflect their culture and history. Discover the stories behind the World Chess Hall of Fame's diverse collection, and learn about how chess has captured the imagination of people around the world.

Check, Please!: Chess Dining & Decor highlights over 150 artifacts including food and drink-themed chess sets, chess-inspired tableware, utensils and decor from the collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame. Explore immersive environments, including a chess-themed bar and diner, that display artifacts as they were originally intended to be used.

In compliance with our safety guidelines, guests will be required to wear masks and sign up for a timed, 30-minute tour of all three floors, including a viewing of Masterminds: Chess Prodigies, led by our curators.

The reception is free and open to the public with complimentary valet and cocktails on our outdoor chess patio. 

Please register for your timed tour here.

A virtual tour of the exhibitions will also be viewable on our YouTube and Facebook channels. 

Thursday, Jun 3 - 5:00 pm