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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

Here we've provided key construction updates to help you prepare for your visit. Memorial Union is still a wonderful place to spend the afternoon or weekend, but a little preparation will make it even better. 


    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:

    Preserving the past. Building the future. For renovation updates and news related to the Memorial Union Reinvestment Project click here.

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