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Friday: 7am to 11pm
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

Summer 2024

05/13/24 - 08/31/24

  • Sunday: 8am - 11pm
  • Monday: 7am - 11pm
  • Tuesday: 7am - 11pm
  • Wednesday: 7am - 11pm
  • Thursday: 7am - 11pm
  • Friday: 7am - 11pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 11pm

A Beloved Madison Icon

Welcome home to Memorial Union, one of the most beloved and historic destinations on UW-Madison’s campus. Treasured by generations, Memorial Union is a place to come to socialize, relax, study and be nourished. The Memorial Union offers a variety of social and educational activities for UW students, faculty, staff, Wisconsin Union Members, and the Madison community.

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 sunburst Terrace chairs.

Historical Impact

We have worked closely with the Wisconsin State Historical Society to preserve the historic integrity and charm of the building. Some of the rooms look like they always have (only better because of cosmetic restoration) but the infrastructure behind the walls is now up to current building standards. We have made every effort to maintain and preserve the original charm of the building.


See & Do at Memorial Union

    •  Outdoor UW: Adventure awaits. Learn the basics or test your outdoor skills.
    •  Wheelhouse Studios: Madison's open art studio. Take a class, plan an event.
    •  Wisconsin Hoofers: Enjoy the outdoors with Hoofers. Students & the community are welcome to join 6 different clubs.

    Restrooms are available on this floor.

    •  Art Cart and Art Zone: Free & low-cost art projects. We art the Terrace.
    •  Badger Market: Snacks, sunscreen, sweatshirts & more. Everything you need to enjoy the Terrace.
    •  Bike Path: Stroll on the bike path and stop by for dining & live music or a movie.
    •  BBQ Stand: BBQ favorites with a Terrace View.
    •  Brat Stand: Terrace views meet Midwestern grilling out.
    •  Campus and Visitor Relations Desk (CAVR): Answers UW questions for all campus visitors.
    •  Carte: Fresh sandwich & salad offerings.
    •  Daily Scoop: Local ice cream at its finest.
    •  Der Rathskeller: A unique spin on a traditional German beer hall with weekly live music.
    •  Der Stiftskeller: Legendary bierhaus just steps away from the Terrace.
    •  Game Watch: U-Rah-Rah! Cheer on the Badgers and other WI teams. Grab some grub.
    •  Homecoming: Free events, parade & more celebrating UW-Madison students.
    •  Lakeview Lounge: The most serene lake view in Madison all year-round with seasonal food selections like pizza & wings.
    •  Peet's Coffee: Artisanal coffee, plus sandwiches & baked goods.
    •  Pop-Up Shop: Terrace apparel, gifts & cold beverages.
    •  Senior Bash: We ❤️ seniors! Thank you! Let's celebrate!
    •  Shannon Sunset Lounge: Find a fireplace and a view & take a seat to relax.
    •  Strada: Italian bistro with wood fired pizzas & pasta bowls.
    •  Terrace Stage:
      •  Film: Free summer showings programmed by WUD students.
      •  Music: Live music programmed & promoted by WUD students.
      •  Open Mic: WUD students welcome all styles of music, comedy, spoken word, poetry & more.
    •  Tong Family Marina: State-of-the-art marina serving the Wisconsin Union.
    •  Welcome Week: Hey newbies, find your favorite space on campus during Wisconsin Welcome. 
    •  Winter Carnival: A winter tradition with cozy indoor and outdoor activities.
    •  Wisconsin Union Theater: Diverse arts programming. Programmed in part by WUD students.

    Restrooms are available on this floor.

    •  Campus Event Services Office (CESO): Plans & coordinates events on campus.
    •  Class of 1925 Gallery: Art exhibitions curated by the student-led Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee.
    •  Main Gallery: America's first college union gallery.
    •  Main Lounge: Celebrate, dance, & gather with a view of Lake Mendota.
    •  Tripp Commons: Reserve this historic space for large gatherings & more.

    Restrooms are available on this floor.

    •  Wisconsin Union Administrative Offices: Staff works to make experiences for a lifetime possible. This includes 400+ permanent staff and 1,000+ student staff.

    Restrooms are available on this floor.

    •  Great Hall: Relax, study, & listen to the grand piano play. It's named great for a reason.
    •  Hotel: Stay in the heart of campus with dining options, recreation, and entertainment at your fingertips.
    •  HR Office: Hires positions for 25+ locations around campus.

    Restrooms are available on this floor.

    •  Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD): The student programming & leadership board, which organizes, promotes and executes experiences & events outside the classroom.

    Restrooms are available on this floor.

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