An Award-Winning Minneapolis Meeting & Event Venue

With an average customer satisfaction rating of 4.9 out of 5, the McNamara Alumni Center is a popular Minneapolis venue for conferences, galas, holiday parties and wedding receptions. It is located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. Its architecture is bold and is inspired by the Minnesota landscape: wood, water and copper. With ten unique meeting rooms, all on the first floor, McNamara offers many conveniences, including tunnel connections to an adjacent 500-car parking ramp and the Commons Hotel, quick highway access and award-winning D’Amico Catering onsite. We’re also just 2 Light Rail stops from downtown Minneapolis. In 2016, 860 meetings and special events were held here!

Our industry peers have awarded the McNamara Alumni Center with numerous accolades:

Looking for a new venue for your organization’s annual meeting or fundraiser? Planning a multi-day conference with a hotel? Call us today to schedule a tour!

We especially welcome MPI and ILEA members!

Best of Minnesota

McNamara was named Best University Venue by Minnesota Meetings & Events magazine for 2016-2017

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The Angle

Welcome to the McNamara Alumni Center blog! We’re excited to begin sharing with event planners advice, observations and delights about the event industry from our unique perspective.