Milwaukee's Premier Lakefront Venue

Historic Significance, Unique Spaces, and a Sprawling Patio make the War Memorial Center a versatile backdrop for Weddings & Private Events

Historic Photo of the War Memorial Center Building

A Rich History

Dedicated on Veterans Day 1957 and designated a Milwaukee Landmark in 1974, The War Memorial Center is the stunning architectural achievement of renowned Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, whose work also included the St. Louis Gateway Arch, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Most importantly, Saarinen’s design and the memorials throughout the facility stand as a lasting testament to those who lost their lives defending the freedoms that we all cherish.


– Remodeled Ballroom

– Private Lakefront Patio

– Seating for up to 300 Guests

– Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

– Custom Lighting & Digital Displays

– Wedding Suites

– Parking Available

– Close Proximity to Downtown Hotels & Lakefront

– Venue Coordinator

– Venue Staff

– Includes Building Security

– WMC Featured Exhibits Complimentary for Guests

Food & Beverage

Event Spaces

Fitch Plaza

Fitch Plaza is our terrace with a beautiful view of the lake, making it perfect for weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions. It can hold more than 300 guests, making it ideal for large groups. You can also enjoy the panoramic views of Downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, making it an unforgettable experience for your guests. You don’t need to decorate much because the place looks very appealing on its own.

  • Private Lakefront Terrace
  • Accommodates over 300 guests
  • Panoramic views of Downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan

Veterans Courtyard

Veterans Courtyard showcases a partially covered courtyard with breathtaking lake vistas. This space features the Eternal Flame and the Birdcage, a staircase enclosed with glass, adding to its architectural elegance. The Veterans Courtyard is fully equipped to host up to 300 guests in a cocktail-style format. We invite you to visit the facility and experience its captivating ambience and panoramic views.

  • Partially covered courtyard
  • Lake views
  • Features the Eternal Flame and the Birdcage
  • Can accommodate up to 300 cocktail-style

Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall is our spacious venue with a capacity of 300 and features a sleek wooden dance floor with a resilient non-slip surface. Adorned with customizable lighting, it is the perfect location to host a diverse range of events from elegant weddings to corporate gatherings. We strive to create a luxurious and comfortable atmosphere for all our guests. Our dedicated team is committed to delivering an unforgettable experience, exceeding your expectations.

  • Updated ballroom that can seat up to 300 guests
  • Wooden nonslip dance floor included
  • The north and south walls feature midcentury modern style slats with hundreds of bubble lights.
  • Lighting can be customized for each event

Private Suites & Meeting Rooms

Private Suites and Meeting Rooms are a wonderful option for guests seeking a comfortable and private space. Our suites offer the convenience of keyless entry and can accommodate up to 30 guests. The large east-facing windows provide ample natural light, making it an ideal space for hair and makeup application. 

  • Private, Keyless Entry
  • Can accommodate up to 30 guests
  • Large east-facing windows provide nature light for hair and makeup application

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