University of Minnesota

CAMPUS LANDMARKS

Northrop Mall

Northrop Mall

Northrop Mall
At the center of campus, this grassy area is the crossroads of the main campus. Students and faculty gather on a nice day to either chat, study, or play Frisbee. On one end is the Coffman Memorial Union and on the other is the Northrop Memorial Auditorium.

 

 

 

McNamara Alumni Center

McNamara Alumni Center

McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-9831

The McNamara Alumni Center was built in 1996, designed to “reflect Minnesota’s natural assets”, such as the Northern Lights, its 10,000 lakes and the Iron Range. The exterior is covered in Minnesota pink granite and copper. Inside the main space, Memorial Hall is 85-feet tall, and is lined with six miles of wood and more copper walls. The focal point of Memorial Hall is the reconstructed Memorial Stadium arch, taken from the former Memorial Stadium which was demolished in 1992. The McNamara Alumni Center houses the Heritage Gallery, which through artifacts, pictures and videos, showcases the history and accomplishments of the University of Minnesota and its people. Have breakfast or lunch in D’Amico and Sons Cafe, specializing in homemade pastas, gourmet pizzas and fresh breads and pastries.
Heritage Gallery & Memorial Hall open
Mon-Fri, 7am-8pm; Sat, 10am-4pm. D’Amico and Sons Café open Mon-Fri, 7am-2pm.

 

Scholar’s Walk
photo courtesy of hga.com

Scholar’s Walk
Constructed from 2004-2006, the Scholar’s Walk honors the University of Minnesota’s award winning students and faculty, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. The path of lighted monuments is lined with 40 bur oak trees, and stretches from Walnut Street near the McNamara Alumni Center west to Appleby Hall and Pleasant Street.

 

 

 

 

Walter Library

Walter Library

Walter Library
117 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-0224/(612) 624-3366

Built in 1923, the Walter Library houses the campus’s science and engineering libraries. In 1999, the library was restored to its original grandeur. The exterior is designed in the Roman Renaissance style of red brick and Bedford limestone trim, while the ornate interior consists of cast plaster ceilings painted to look like carved stonework, green alpine marble columns, gold leaf accents,and relief carvings around the doors and display cases. If you have the time, count the stylized stone owl heads around the library-can you find 225?  The library is open 7 days a week. Hours vary according to season.

 

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weismann Art Museum
333 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-9494

Housed in the magnificent Frank Gherey designed structure, glimmering above the banks of the ‘Mighty Mississippi’, the Weismann Art Museum holds a vast permanent collection of 20th century art to contemporary pieces, as well as rotating exhibits and educational programs for the whole family.
Tues-Wed and Fri 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

 

 

TCF Bank Stadium

TCF Bank Stadium

TCF Bank Stadium
2009 Southeast University Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tickets: (612) 624-8080
Office: (612) 624-5072
Tours: TCFTours@umn.edu

The newly built stadium is home to the University of Minnesota Gophers football team.
Guided tours are available by reservation.
$4 for adults, $2 for children.
Football schedule

 

 

Mariucci Arena

Mariucci Arena
photo credit Eric Best

Mariucci Arena & Ridder Arena
1901 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tickets: (612) 624-8080
Office: (612) 625-8365
Hockey is a coveted sport in Minnesota, and Golden Gopher Hockey is no exception. Minnesota’s “Pride on Ice” competes to constant sell-out crowds. Mariucci Arena, with an Olympic-sized (200 feet by 100 feet) ice sheet, is home to the Gopher men’s hockey team and seats 10,000. Connected to Mariucci Arena via underground tunnels is Ridder Arena, home to Gopher women’s hockey. With a small ice sheet (200′ x 85′), Ridder Arena serves as a practice facility for the Gopher men to practice for road games, where the ice is often smaller.

 

 

 

Williams Arena

Williams Arena
photo credit Eric Best

Williams Arena
1925 Southeast University Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tickets: (612) 624-8080
Office: (612) 626-5912
Originally constructed in 1938 with a seating capacity of 14,100, Williams Arena had, at one point, grown to a capacity of 18,025, but has since been reduced to 14,625. Williams Arena is home to Golden Gopher men’s basketball and women’s basketball.
Men’s Baskbetball schedule; Women’s Basketball schedule