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Memorial Union, Madison

Memorial Union, Madison (must see)

The Memorial Union, known locally as simply "the Union", is located on the shore of Lake Mendota on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison. On the lakeshore to the north of the building is the Terrace, a highly popular outdoor space.

The exterior of the main wing was designed by University Architect Arthur Peabody. It opened in 1928, and is run by the Wisconsin Union, a membership organization. Porter Butts, the first director, called it a "college union" because it combines the characteristics of a student union and a student government in an organization that brings together students, faculty, and members of the surrounding community. It has gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful student centers on a university campus. Outside the main building is the Memorial Union Terrace, a stone outdoor dining and recreation area on the shore of Lake Mendota. The Terrace was designed by Peabody's daughter, Charlotte. It is a popular spot for socializing among students and locals with the backdrop of the beautiful lake, sailboats in view, and with the sound of live music, usually free to the public (paid by student fees) in the evening.

Within the Union are rooms and artworks reflecting the local heritage. The largest is Der Rathskeller, a German-style beerhall with elaborate murals that directly connects the ground floor to the Terrace outside, where political debates and card or board games are common among students over a beer.
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Sight Name: Memorial Union
Sight Location: Madison, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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