Michigan State University is home to 538 buildings across its 5,200-acre campus. With approximately 49,300 students from more than 130 different countries, MSU has been the home to approximately 542,000 living alumni from across the world. Below is a list of places to visit while visiting MSU’s campus!
This year’s Regional Conference will be held at the MSU Union, a historic and symbolic building on Michigan State’s campus. The Union has been visited by icons such as JFK and serves as a local hub for students. While visiting, definitely check out the Spartan Spirit Shop to stock up on your Spartan swag or check out the various dining options available; including the Union Pizzeria, Serrano’s Mexican fare, and of course MSU’s famous Dairy Store ice cream. Looking for some evening entertainment? Head down to the Union basement and give Spartan Lanes Bowling a whirl. With 16 lanes and compatible rates, you won’t be disappointed! All in all, the Union is a must see while in East Lansing!
Just across the street from the MSU Union is the Beaumont Tower. The tower has a carillon, a musical instrument consisting of at least two octaves of bells arranged in a chromatic series and played from a keyboard that permits control of expression through variation of touch. There are only 170 carillons in the United States, 12 of which are in Michigan. With its 49 bells, the carillon is capable of playing a full range of compositions. Take a stroll past to hear the beautiful bells play their tunes!
Standing at the entrance way to Michigan State’s athletic establishment is “The Spartan,” a huge statue that symbolizes the athletic teams at Michigan State. With a weight of close to three tons, the Sparty statue is one of the largest free-standing ceramic statues in the world! Located in front of Demonstration Hall, the Sparty statue is a popular photo subject for visitors and students.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
This contemporary art museum contains pieces created by artists from around the world. More than 70 percent of this 46,000 square foot space is dedicated to artwork. The structure is made of steel and glass and was designed to represent Michigan State’s dynamic vision. Stop by during your visit and take a stroll around!
Breslin Student Events Center
The Breslin Student Events Center can hold up to 15,000 people and is home to the Spartan Basketball program as well as various concerts and special events that MSU hosts. The must-see “Wall of Fame,” contains the autographs of past performers and will be sure to awe you.
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
The Wharton Center hosts nearly 1,000 events per year ranging from Broadway shows to rock concerts, classical music to student productions. The Great Hall within the Wharton Center can seat up to 2,500 people. Check out their website for upcoming shows!
Be sure to stop by these well-known places during your visit in East Lansing!