The Memorial Union (MU) was built as a memorial to those who lost their lives in World War I, and opened in 1928. Construction of the Memorial Union was paid for solely through private donations because at the time, state entities were not allowed to borrow or bond for capital improvements.

The Memorial Union has had many additions over the years. Today the MU is bustling with people and houses the Soults Family Visitor Center, Col. Harold Pride Veterans’ Lounge, the MU Market and Café, the ISU Book Store, Multicultural Center, Hotel Memorial Union, bowling alley, the Maintenance Shop (M-shop) and many study lounges. Learn about MU traditions, myths and stories.