George E. Muehleck, Jr. Gallery of International Chess Sets

A 1957 exhibit curated by the museum’s director Clifford Dolph led to the creation of this permanent exhibit of chess sets. Today there are about 100 sets of these sculptures in miniature, representing the many countries, cultures and periods in which chess has been played.

A new exhibition installation features a global historical overview of chess, anecdotes and stories of chess, and over 80 of the museum’s unique chess sets and chess-related works of art. Wall-mounted cases will hold complete boards and sets, and the height of the displays will enable easy viewing by people of all sizes, especially young people.

Take an audio tour: International Chess Sets


Image: Sandalwood and Ivory Chess Set, India 19th century C.E. Photography: Mary Haarsch.