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The War Memorial Center is a midcentury modern style building on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The War Memorial Center is set between Veterans Park and the Milwaukee Art Museum on Lincoln Memorial Drive. The War Memorial Center has expansive views of the lake, the lakefront parks, the Calatrava building, the Hoan bridge and downtown. Built by world famous architect, Ero Saarinen and dedicated on Veterans Day in 1957, the building is more than just views. Time magazine called it “one of the country’s finest examples of modern architecture.” The West side of the building features a mosaic done by Milwaukee artist Edmun Lewandowski. It is a 1.4-million-piece composition of marble and glass above the Mason Street entrance.
We offer two getting ready rooms, an outdoor ceremony space, an indoor/outdoor cocktail hour space and a reception hall. Schedule your entire day with us and enjoy the peace of mind knowing you have made travel easy for your guests. The center’s reception hall is a modern ballroom with west facing views and large ceilings adorned with chandeliers. The chandeliers, along with wall and overhead lighting are all color customizable and dimmable. The rental includes chairs for your outdoor ceremony and tables and chairs for your cocktail hour and reception. Our ballroom has built-in audio-visual equipment for you or your entertainment vendor to utilize. The ballroom includes a permanent, warm wood colored non-slip dance floor. Our private suites, referred to as “getting ready” rooms are on our fourth level. They overlook the ceremony space and have walls made up of windows which allow natural light to aid in makeup application.
We offer a wide variety of approved caterers to provide you and your guests with whatever style of cuisine will suit your dream wedding. We will work with all your vendors to ensure that they are familiar with our space and set up for success.
We have an adjacent parking lot which includes 80 complimentary spots for wedding rentals.
Tours are offered by appointment throughout the week and weekends, come visit us!
Historic, Ballroom, Lakefront
Valet Parking Available, Ceremony Space, Outdoor Space, Tent Option, Free Parking, Waterfront View, Bridal Suite, Outside Caterers Permitted, Grooms Room
“The venue was remodeled over the winter, and although we were privy to the mock-ups, the results exceeded our expectations. The venue overall felt competitively priced, modern, and flexible. The on-site coordinator, Jennifer, was extremely patient and responded quickly to our many questions. She helped us find a few of our vendors and proactively addressed details of the day that we hadn’t even considered.”
“We had an amazing venue. Having both our wedding and reception at the Milwaukee County War Memorial was unique, and one of our favorite parts was being able to enjoy the view and see how much our guests enjoyed it, too.”