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University of Montana

32 Campus Dr.
University Center, Room 340

Missoula, Montana 59812

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Where five valleys and three rivers converge, there is Missoula, Montana. Nestled at the foot of Mount Sentinel and adjacent to the Clark Fork River, there is the historic University of Montana. With 74,200 square feet of dedicated Montana meeting and exhibit space for unforgettable conferences, trainings, tradeshows, weddings, or retreats. UM has welcomed numerous government organizations, nonprofits, businesses, athletic groups, youth groups and religious groups to experience its beauty and charm.

The University of Montana has a wide range of venues and versatile meeting spaces. If you are looking for a venue in Missoula, Montana, UM has it all. UM offers intimate meeting rooms for breakout sessions, classrooms decked out with state-of-the-art technology, outdoor patios and balconies, atriums, rotundas, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, and even a grand ballroom with hardwood floors and sweeping mountain views. How many wedding venues in Missoula, Montana can claim that?

Halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, and at the cultural epicenter of Western Montana, the University of Montana has conference centers and banquet halls that offer an unforgettable setting for any type of gathering.

When looking for an event venue, we realize flexibility is key. University of Montana's one-stop shop model means you can choose from a wide selection of resources and services, all with a focus on sustainability. Award winning UM Caterers work with local Missoula area farmers to craft menus for anything from small continental breakfast gatherings to elegant gala banquets seating thousands.

Event Parking, transportation and security are all readily available. Our University of Montana Conference Planning Services can help with budget development, marketing, and continuing education credits. Seamlessly integrate state-of-the-art display, audio and visual technology into your event with the help of onsite technicians. Along with being within walking distance of local Missoula hotels, UM's residence halls can accommodate large groups or individuals in the summer at very affordable rates, making it the perfect Montana wedding venue for parties of all sizes. Plus, there's always something exciting happening on campus; concerts, art galleries, plays and readings are all open for guests. If you want to explore the outdoors, the University of Montana Outdoor Program can craft virtually any teambuilding or adventure trip, from white water rafting down the Alberton Gorge to guided mountain hikes. Impress your guests and book your event at the breathtaking University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana! 
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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Missoula - 1
Spokane, WA - 200
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Missoula International / 12
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The University of Montana offers full audio & lighting production, on-site technical staff, data-ports, satellite uplink/downlink, video conferencing, multi-media theater w/surround sound and PowerPoint projection, 35 mm, 16mm, DVD, VHS on wide built-in movie screen.
Food & Beverage:
UM Catering utilizes sustainable, locally sourced ingredients directly from the Missoula area to craft any menu for any occasion. University of Montana Dining: Choose from a variety of restaurants in the Food Court. Dine in at the Food Zoo, which accommodates an array of dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and Halal meats. Ingredients are sourced from local farms through the Farm to College Program. The UC Market sells locally made sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, and more.
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Rates negotiable - economical summer accommodations.
Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

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Conference Center The University Center (UC) is home to a dedicated Conference Center. With a ballroom, grand foyer, theater, an executive board room, atrium and eleven other meeting rooms, the Conference Center can accommodate large conferences, trade shows, banquets, trainings, parties, weddings, and special events.

Second Floor Meeting Rooms If you have a small group or need additional breakout space, the second floor offers six additional meeting rooms. Each room has a permanent meeting table and chairs along with a large white board and featured artwork on the walls.

Ballroom At 10,437 square feet, the University Center houses one of the largest ballrooms in Missoula. The ballroom boasts beautiful hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows and 16' high ceiling. Divisible by a soundproof air wall, the ballroom can be divided in half from North to South. The ballroom is ideal for banquets, weddings, tradeshows, conferences, small concerts, etc.

Third Floor Conference Rooms The entire third floor of the University Center is dedicated conference, event and meeting space. In addition to window views of majestic mountains, our meeting rooms offer flexible room configurations with soundproof dividers, variable lighting, public address systems, data port, Internet connection, and multi-media capabilities.

Alumni Boardroom The Alumni Boardroom is a beautiful, comfortable room preset with a large table and cushy, boardroom chairs. Like the break-out rooms, the Alumni Boardroom offers Internet connection and multi-media capabilities.

University Center Theater The University Center houses a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose theater. The UC Theater has multi-media capabilities ranging from LCD displays, satellite downlink, 35 and 16mm films, DVD and VHS viewings all on a cinema theater screen along with surround sound. With capacity for 300 persons, the theater is ideal for general sessions, guest speakers, films, PowerPoint or any special presentation.

Atrium True to our love of the outdoors, the University Center Atrium offers beautiful gardens in the building. They offer your group a unique setting and gathering place. Located on the first floor, the Atrium can be reserved by groups for small receptions and in-door barbecues. During the academic semesters, the Atrium is utilized by student groups for table displays, noon speakers, and small concerts. Holds 140 people for receptions.

UC Commons The UC Commons, located on the 2nd floor, offers another large space for banquets or tradeshows when school is not in session. The UC Commons features full length windows overlooking the Library Mall as well as pillars draped in live plants. The room is easily transformed in to an elegant room that can hold up to 500 guests.

The Gallagher Business Building Professional, expansive, and decked out with over two million dollars worth of technology, the Gallagher Business Building at UM has accessible classrooms, conference rooms, lecture halls and even a sunny piazza available to host your next event.

Grand Foyer Central to all of the conference areas and overlooking the indoor gardens, the Grand Foyer can be utilized to meet your specific meeting needs. Use it for a central registration area, reception, snack and networking area, or for a small trade show.

Phyllis J. Washington College of Education With an expansive, tri-leveled atrium shaded by old-growth pine trees, the addition to the College of Education is modern and comfortable. State of the art technology in classrooms and a balcony overlooking campus and Mount Sentinel make this an ideal setting for professional workshops and conferences. Along with wireless, a computer and projector in every room, multiple spaces also include polycom, projectors, smartboards at flatscreen TVs.

Payne Family Native American Center LEED Certified and artfully designed, the Payne Family Native American Center is a dynamic building, with gathering spaces that are both visually interesting and equipped with the latest learning technology. Three stories include classrooms, conference rooms, a seminar room, the rotunda, a fire pit, and even a planetarium.

Adams Center A premier arena and two auxiliary gyms able to accommodate concerts, family shows, exhibitions, trade shows, receptions, banquets, conferences and much more. The Max and Betty Swanson Sky Club, perched over the arena and with a wet bar, is perfect for gatherings and special events up to 200 people.

Bonnie Heavy Runner Gathering Place The Bonnie Heavy Runner Gathering Place is an airy, open rotunda with wood floors and windows spanning the entire height of the first two stories. Representing the twelve tribes in Montana, the rotunda has twelve sides, each with its own piece of corresponding art. The distinctive shape of the rotunda, with its sloped ceiling and spiraling woodwork, is designed to replicate versions of home for indigenous people across the continent.

Storytelling Area Circular seating around a fire pit and an encompassing view of Mount Sentinel make this a peaceful setting for outdoor gatherings. The Storytelling area is nestled within a native garden, beside tee-pee rings marking an historic Salish encampment.

Stargazing Room Built for use as a planetarium, this dome-shaped room could also be used as an interesting space for small meetings.

Stargazing Room Built for use as a planetarium, this dome-shaped room could also be used as an interesting space for small meetings.

Stadium Club Perched high over the Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the Stadium Club is a unique, mid-size venue with 360 degree views of Missoula. From gargantuan windows facing both east and west, you can watch a kayaker rush down the Hellgate Canyon or a brilliant sunset over The Washington-Grizzly Stadium. An expansive wrap-around deck can be used for outdoor seating, dancing, or a welcome area. With ambient lighting, vaulted ceilings, a kitchen, bar and a choice of bistro, cocktail or round dinner tables, this venue can be customized to accommodate events ranging from a casual business meeting to a formal dinner or dance.

Don Anderson Hall Don Anderson Hall, home of the School of Journalism at UM, is a modern and dynamic building with unique spaces for large groups or break out sessions, including The A.B. Guthrie Reading Room, The Native American Journalism Center, classrooms and lecture halls, conference rooms, and an outdoor balcony. Most rooms are equipped with state of the art technology and have capacities ranging from 8 to 50.

Schreiber Gymnasium Schrieber Gymnasium, built in 1921, is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Windows, high ceilings, and wood floors make it a great practice space for athletic groups or a unique, historical space to hold a special event. Spacious, modern locker rooms are available. Economical and close to convenient parking.

Lubrecht Experimental Forest An outdoor classroom and recreational retreat with a conference center, pavilion, lodge and range of lodging options. Just 40 minutes from Missoula, enjoy 28,000 wooded acres in the Blackfoot River Valley. Horse shoe pits, volley ball, ping-pong and 25+ miles of trails for hiking and skiing. A conference center, pavilion, lodge, apartment, cabins and boxcars are available for rent.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Holiday Inn Hotel Private yes
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DoubleTree Nearby Hotels
Residence Halls 2 Residence Halls Communal no


  • University Catering Services
    University Catering Services
    Responsible for all campus food and beverage needs, University Catering Services invites you to take advantage of award winning services reserved exclusively for UM guests. We will provide you with specialized menu planning, cuisine prepared from our onsite state of the are kitchen, professional event management and exception service. Visit University Catering's Website:
  • UM Farm to College
    University Dining Services and four UM graduate students teamed-up in the spring of 2003 to create the UM Farm to College Program, dedicated to buying more food locally to feed the campus community.


  • UC Food Court
    UC Food Court
    The UC Food Court is a contemporary style food court that features breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches, Bear Claw Bakery pastries, cereals, coffee and beverages. Lunch options include Pizza Hut, Wing Street, Mark Pi's, Garden City Greens, Casa Nina, Doc's Sandwich Shop, Soups N Such, and Eson Gib-Sushi.
  • Banquet or Receptions
    In any banquet space, such as the UC Ballroom, Payne Native American Center, Stadium Club, or Sky Box, UM Catering can create a unique and original dining space with a menu carefully crafted for your event.
  • Food Zoo
    Food Zoo
    We offer the best value per meal, and you can't beat the variety of nutritious, self-serve, buffet-style meals with unlimited seconds! There is an ever-changing choice of entrees, homemade soups, an extensive salad bar, fresh fruits, fresh baked desserts, traditional fast food favorites, and a daily vegetarian selection including vegan options.
  • Jus Chill'n
    Coffee and baked goods
    Jus Chill'n, The Bear Claw Bakery, La Peak, Recess, Think Tank, and Biz Buzz are some of the various campus options for local coffee and espresso, baked goods, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, bagels, cookies, and smoothies.
  • UC Market
    UC Market
    UC Market is a not for profit organization that is owned by students and faculty. We pride ourselves on low prices and great customer service. Stop by for the cheapest goods anywhere in Western Montana and enjoy some great music at the same time!
  • Cascade Country Store
    Cascade Country Store
    The Cascade Country Store opens for breakfast with hot food specials, cereals, pastries, coffee, fresh fruit smoothies, beverages and the ever popular breakfast burrito. Located in the Lommasson Center, The Cascade Country Store boasts a food court style atmosphere offering Barrel Head Pizza, Grizzly Grille favorites, Old El Paso Cafe, Block and Barrel Deli, a wide variety of health and beauty aids, groceries, and delicious Bear Claw Bakery desserts and pastries.


Campus Quick Copy Campus Quick Copy is your full service copy stop on campus. Located in the UC, our shop offers quick, friendly service at competitive prices.

Conference and Event Planning Office The University Center - Conference and Event Planning Office offers your group the atmosphere of an academic setting with all of the amenities of a full-service convention center with our unique conference and event facilities, catering services, technology, and professional staff.

UC Audio and Lighting UC Audio & Lighting provides sound reinforcement, lighting, concert and theater rigging, and stage/event management for a variety of events at the University of Montana. Whether for intimate settings or large concert, we have the equipment and staff to handle a wide range of events. Our experienced staff provides planning and technical advice every step of the way.

Green Practices Sustainability practices on our campus are important and a priority as we strive to become climate neutral. From our “Farm to College” catering menu options to green cleaning, we are committed sustainability practices. For more information, you can visit our campus sustainability site at

Missoula Federal Credit Union As a financial cooperative based on the philosophy of people helping people, MFCU promotes its members' financial well-being through our commitment to innovation, education, and exceptional service.

UC Shipping Express Located in the UC, Shipping Express is available for all of your shipping needs. From packing materials to shipping of tradeshow displays, we are available onsite to help. We offer US Postal, UPS and Federal Express services. Let us package & ship your items!

Fitness and Recreation Center The University of Montana's Campus Recreation Department is dedicated to providing an active environment for social interaction.

Parking, Security, Transportation Montana Event Services can work with UM Public Safety to save parking spots or coordinate transportation with a focus on convenience. The Bolt! Line Bus is zero-fare and connects UM to downtown every fifteen minutes. Choose from levels of security, from traffic control to uniformed officers.


Wireless Access Campus units (departments or equivalent) may sponsor wireless access to the campus network for designated campus visitors, including individuals or groups (e.g. conferences or other large meetings varying in time length).

Webinars Webinars let you hold a meeting, conference or class from a distance, demonstrate software, share your computer screen with the participants, let one participant at a time to present and record the session for those who were unable to attend.

Audio and Lighting UC Audio & Lighting assists events at The University of Montana with sound reinforcement, lighting, concert and theater rigging, and stage/event management. From intimate settings to large concerts, we have the equipment and staff to handle a wide range of events. Our experienced staff provides planning and technical advice every step of the way

Area Attractions

A Carousel for Missoula This beautiful carousel, completed in 1995, was the brainchild and vision of a local Missoula cabinet-maker, who carved much of the structure himself and also trained an enthusiastic team of volunteers to assist in the project.

Brennan's Wave Named after a world-class kayaker from Missoula, Brennan's Wave is a man-made wave in the Clark Fork River in the heart of Downtown Missoula. In Caras Park, beneath the Higgins Street Bridge, you can watch surfers, kayakers and stand up paddlers brave the wave anytime of the year when the water isn't frozen.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation The Elk Foundation's Elk Country Visitor Center is more than just a museum. It's an experience that reveals the beauty, diversity and importance of elk country across North America.

Montana Snowbowl Montana's popular ski area features the "Paradise," a three-mile long scenic trail, and the "Grizzly," which drops skiers 2,000 vertical feet through steep terrain.

Caras Park This scenic downtown park on the banks of the Clark Fork River is the home of the popular Missoula carousel and a great place for a family outing, with a large jungle gym, walking and bike paths, frequent special events and concerts.

Hike to the "M" on Mount Sentinel The big white "M" on the west facing slope of Mount Sentinel is one of Missoula's major landmarks. That "M" is in honor of the University of Montana, which lies at the base of the little mountain. The switchback trail covers 3/4 of a mile before you reach the "M".

Fort Missoula The grounds of historic Fort Missoula cover 32 acres, where you can wander around checking out antique trains, old forestry and sawmill equipment, historic buildings, or an old fire lookout. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula features exhibits on local and regional history.

Missoula Art Museum Located in Missoula's walkable downtown, Missoula Art Museum is partially located in an old Carnegie Library building. Contemporary art is the focus and can include paintings, photography, fine crafts, or sculpture.

Adam's Center - The University of Montana The University Center Art Gallery, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and the Visual Arts Gallery have rotating exhibitions on display for visitors. Weekend movies and special screenings are scheduled at the UC Theater, and the Adams Center has a wide range of events, including summer headlining concerts.

Missoula Children's Museum The Children's Museum, Missoula offers fun, interactive learning opportunities that allow children to explore their interests and abilities through play.

Missoula Osprey Missoula Osprey baseball supports the community through many programs, including one of the top pro baseball reading programs in the entire country.

Currents Currents is the new year-round INDOOR water park in McCormick Park.

Splash Montana Family locker rooms, lounge chairs and sun shades, a children’s play area, and the Crazy Creek Cafe will make Splash Montana your all-day destination.


  • “Thank you so much for all your help in making our wedding reception so stress-free and wonderful. The Banquet room looked wonderful. We truly appreciate everything you did to make our day so special and all you help as we planned our reception.”
    Mr. and Mrs. Cromwell, June 27th 2009

  • "On behalf of the cheerleaders, coaches, instructors and myself, I would like to thank you for all of your help this week. Thanks to you, our camp was a success. Have a great year and we look forward to another summer visit with you next year."
    Kyisha, Universal Cheerleader Association

  • "Thanks so much for a wonderful workshop experience at The University of Montana! We can't express how well everything went and the role that the setting played in the success of the event. All of you made us feel welcome and at home. We hope to come back or see you in Houston."
    Stephanie and Meredith, Lunar and Planetary Institute

  • “The Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference is now in the rear-view mirror, and I want to thank you both for the OUTSTANDING job done with this conference. I have attended many conferences and have organized a couple, but have never been involved in one that went as smoothly or as well as this one. You and your staffs went far beyond the call of duty and put on an excellent demonstration of what this university can do. Thank you!!”
    Dan Pletscher, Society of Environmental Journalists

  • “I know I’ve said it a bunch of times, but I’m gonna say it again: I appreciate your help on all this so much!! Your patience, flexibility, adaptability, and creativity are phenomenal and the Board of Regents meeting could not have happened without you and Lynn and the whole Event Planning Staff!!”
    Cathleen Collins, Assistant to the President - The University of Montana

  • “I want to make point to thank you so very much for everything! The UM staff were so friendly and helpful and EASY to work with! I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart! We didn't need an extra booth afterall so everything just kind of panned out. I think it might be safe to say it was a success. As expected there I had a few complainers, but they would have complained anyway ;). I had such good feedback on how much they liked having a food court and how great the bathrooms are! Thank you, thank you, thank you! The University of Montana was such a pleasure to work with!”
    Yolandi R. Carrick, Missoulian Craft Fair

  • “Our thanks to all of the employees who were so wonderful to work with. Our daughter’s wedding was beautiful and memorable for them and for us. I will recommend the UC to anyone I know who looking for a facility for a reception or other event.”
    Barb and Tom Donofrio, November 12, 2010

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