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About Memorial Union

The Wisconsin Union is one organization comprised of two buildings—Memorial Union and Union South.

Opened on October 5, 1928, the Memorial Union sits on the shores of Lake Mendota between Helen C. White Library and the Armory (Red Gym). This building is most recognized for its classic architecture and bright green, orange and yellow starburst Terrace chairs.

The Memorial Union is used by UW students, faculty, staff, Wisconsin Union Members and the Madison community for a variety of social and educational activities. 

Open & Awesome Even During Construction

The recently completed Phase I of the Memorial Union Reinvestment (MUR) focused on the west wing of the Memorial Union, which now features reimagined spaces, dramatically improved accessibility and a whole host of other improvements. To learn more about the west wing, click here.

The final phases of MUR will focus on the central core and east wing of the building, as well as the Terrace. To learn more about the upcoming renovation this fall, click here.

For more information about the Memorial Union Reinvestment (MUR), click here.

Activities in Memorial Union

This historic building is home to the following services and activities:

Dining in Memorial Union

The Memorial Union has a variety of dining options including:


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View our online brochure for Memorial Union's West Wing here.


Click here for Memorial Union Reinvestment news & updates.

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