TheCreative Discovery Museum will host a nationally traveling chess exhibit designed to provide an engaging introduction to the game of chess for children.

“Kings, Queens & Castles” will be open Jan. 14 through May 14 and is included with museum admission.

The exhibit will feature an array of interactive elements, including a drawbridge into a medieval castle with turret slide and a giant chessboard with life-size chess pieces. Variouscostumes will be provided for guests to transform into a king or queen. In addition, guests can construct crowns, design and create shields, and build castles with oversized interlocking bricks.


Along with providing a fun medieval environment, the exhibit’s primary goal is to teach children 3-11 the basic strategies of chess.

“We have observed a growing interest in the game of chess, especially among school-age children,” said Shannon Bailey, World Chess Hall of Fame chief curator. “Our exhibit is designed to provide a fun, age-appropriate introduction to chess, an ageless game that develops important 21st-century skills.”

The World Chess Hall of Fame co-created the exhibit with St. Louis Children’s Museum.More information about the organization can be found here.

Admission to the Creative Discovery Museum is $13.95 per person. Click here for more information.