Standard event capacity limits and in-person events can resume, although per the Office of the University President dated August 2, 2021: “All students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors to our campuses, offices, and facilities, statewide, must wear facial coverings while indoors, regardless of your vaccination status." This directive includes the McNamara Alumni Center.

The University of Minnesota’s recommendation that University employees work remotely from home is still in effect. The office building within McNamara Alumni Center remains temporarily in “weekend mode” with no access by the general public and limited access to office tenants. Private events may take place during this time. For questions about renting the McNamara Alumni Center or to schedule an on-site tour of our rooms, please contact our sales team.

The Most Unique Minneapolis Meeting & Event Venue

Meeting and event planners love the McNamara Alumni Center! This premier event venue on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus is a favorite venue for conferences, galas, holiday parties and wedding receptions. McNamara’s architecture is stunning--inspired by the Minnesota landscape of wood, water and copper. With ten unique meeting rooms, all on the first floor, McNamara has many conveniences including an adjacent 500-car parking ramp with tunnel connection and the Graduate Hotel also connected by tunnel. Planners love that award-winning D’Amico Catering is onsite and that McNamara is just 2 Light Rail stops from downtown Minneapolis. In 2019, the McNamara Alumni Center hosted 731 events. Those clients gave us an average 4.8 out of 5.0 stars.

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

  • Voted Best Venue Website by Unique Venues 2016
  • Best High-Tech Venue by Unique Venues 2015
  • Best University Venue by Minnesota Meetings & Events 2016
  • Top 50 Places to Get Married by Brides magazine 2015
Virtual Meeting Solutions

Persevering Amidst Covid

The McNamara Alumni Center can provide a setting and an AV team for you to host virtual, hybrid and even in-person meetings and events safely during Covid. More info


Explore our gorgeous Memorial Hall using this nifty 360 degree tour tool.