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Memorial Union, a Campus “Living Room” with a Great Front Porch


 Every day, about 18,000 people pass through the doors of Memorial Union on the UW – Madison campus. Student tour guide Caroline Radaj says the building, which opened in 1928 and is dedicated to veterans, is a “living room” for both campus and community and a must-see when you visit. The Memorial Union Terrace, on the shore of Lake Mendota, is a special draw during the spring and summer months. A great place to hear live music, the terrace “also features signature sunburst design chairs in green, yellow and orange which are campus icons,” adds Radaj. Memorial Union includes two movie theaters, three restaurants, a travel agency, and a student art gallery. The restaurant Der Rathskellar, says Radaj, is “a tribute to the German roots of Wisconsin.”

University of Wisconsin
Memorial Union on the UW – Madison campus

800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

To plan a tour, go to the Visitor Information & Programs web page or or call the admissions office at 608–262–3961.

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Kathie Dickenson edited this
post. She is an award-winning higher-education writer and editor and a
regular contributor to SmartCollegeVisit.