A completely renovated Wisconsin Union Theater, a larger, more flexible Fredric March Play Circle, and the all-new Wheelhouse Studios and Outdoor UW are just a few of the big improvements you’ll notice as you take a look around the revitalized, re-energized Memorial Union. And while you'll appreciate the care we’ve taken to preserve this a historic building, you’ll be amazed at how the changes we’ve made have managed to turn it into an even better space for arts, entertainment, and recreation.
We've now shifted our attention to the east wing, central core, and the historic Terrace and are excited to upgrade and renovate the rest of Memorial Union. Working closely with the State Historical Society to ensure proper preservation, the final phases will address accessibility issues, needed upgrades to mechanical, fire and sprinkler systems, as well as cosmetic restoration for many of the Memorial Union’s significant spaces including Der Rathskeller, Main Lounge, Tripp Commons, Great Hall, and the historic Terrace among other spaces.
To meet the demands of students and members, the current cafeteria style dining space, known as Lakefront on Langdon, will be upgraded to an beautiful study and eating space with breathtaking views of Lake Mendota. Memorial Union will feature three new eateries based on suggestions from students.
Learn more about Memorial Union Reinvestment.
The Building Fund directly supports new construction, renovations and furnishings for the Wisconsin Union buildings.
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Membership means a lot at the Wisconsin Union: the beginning of a lifelong connection to the heart and soul of the university, supporting all the things people love about the Union—arts and culture, adventure, special guest lectures, film and music—and various benefits that only members can enjoy. Because the Union is a completely self-supporting organization operating without any tax dollars, membership ensures the programs and services that make the Union special can be enjoyed for years to come.
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The Union is in the exciting final phase of the renovation capital campaign. If you have been here, if you have created memories here, now you can save a remembrance in stone here by making a gift to inscribe a brick. Your donation directly supports the final renovations that will help us expand our seating and dining areas, book yet another new season of great entertainment, and build a connection between the Terrace and the new Alumni Park to create a more dynamic lakefront. This is a one-time opportunity to make your Terrace connection a part of this iconic campus landmark for a lifetime.
Buy a brick today.