Public Programming & Tours

Public Programming & Tours

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

Kathryn Adamchick

Public Programming & Tours

Public Programming

The WCHOF’s public programming explores the issues and ideas at the core of its exhibitions. These events include gallery tours, informal talks, and lectures and panel discussions presented by curators, collectors, and artists. Public Programs also make connections among chess, art, and life through fun activities such as book discussions, dance demonstration, and instruction and food tastings. The WCHOF Monthly Music Series celebrates the musical variety Saint Louis has to offer through intimate concerts that appeal to a broad audience.

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 features 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