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Visiting Information

Memorial Church Open Visiting Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday, 9 AM - 1 PM
Tours on Fridays at 11 AM.

Memorial Church is closed for University holidays, University closures, services, and private events. Windhover Contemplative Center is currently closed. There is no expected re-opening date at this time.

About Memorial Church and Companion Spaces
Exterior photograph taken from the main quad, via Wikimedia Commons. Photo credit: Sylvain Leprovost from Paris, France

Events & Services at Memorial Church

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The Memorial Church offers a wide variety of services to communities that range from memorial services to religious services to those that are inter-faith. Additional events such as concerts, guided tours, and weddings are available. Here you'll find a wealth of information as well contact details for those who would like further assistance. 

Banner image featuring an interior shot of the church, via Wikimedia Commons. Photo credit: Eric Chan


The sacrament of Baptism, historically a Christian rite of initiation, is available at Memorial Church for children and adults twice per academic year during the Fall and Spring Quarters.

Tile image featuring an exterior photograph of Memorial Church. Via: Wikimedia Commons, Creator: Jawed

Memorial Church Usage Policy

The church includes a diversity of programs and assemblies in its space and primarily exists to provide opportunities for worship, reflection, spiritual practice, conversation, education, and community building related to religious, spiritual, ethical, and moral formation. Through the governance of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and guidance of the Memorial Church Advisory Board, approval for all reservations will be determined by the Event Manager under the direction of the Dean of Office for Religious & Spiritual Life.

Banner image Campus Scenes, Memorial Church (450 Serra Mall), Memorial Court, Quad, Main Buildings, Quad / Quadrangle (area).

Memorial Services

Memorial Church is a center for religious and spiritual life on campus, and therefore is frequently used as the site for memorial services for the Stanford community.

Banner image featuring  Talisman sings Deep River at Reinvigorating Community: A Gathering for Inauguration Day, Stanford Memorial Church.

Music at MemChu

Concerts have always played a major part in the life of Memorial Church. Organ concerts, choral concerts, non-western concerts have all found a home here, not just for the campus, but for the general community.

University Public Worship (UPW)

University Public Worship gathers weekly for the religious, spiritual, ethical, and moral formation of the Stanford community. Rooted in the history and progressive Christian tradition of Stanford’s historic Memorial Church, we cultivate a community of compassion and belonging through ecumenical Christian worship and occasional multifaith celebrations. 

Banner image featuring two simple gold rings with a sprig of flowers against white, via Freepik Account through Student Affairs license.


Stanford Memorial Church is available for Weddings or Renewal ceremonies for the Stanford community. In keeping with Leland and Jane Stanford’s wishes, all faith backgrounds are welcome.