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Atrium at the State Historical Building

Facility Rentals

The State Historical Building of Iowa is located in the heart of Des Moines’ bustling East Village. The iconic building has the versatility to accommodate all types of events, from large celebrations to smaller meetings and everything in between.

Large Events

The atrium is perfect for wedding receptions, corporate holiday parties, business receptions, large presentations, gatherings and more. The Grand Terrace is a popular choice for large outdoor celebrations and offers stunning views of the state capitol.

Small Events

If you are looking for a space to accommodate small groups, the State Historical Building is a great venue for company meetings, retreats, team outings and luncheons. Consider the auditorium for film screenings, presentations and lectures or book one of the multiple classrooms and meeting spaces for your board meeting, planning session or luncheon.

State agencies and 501(c)(3) organizations receive a 20% discount on rental fees. Contact for event availability and pricing.

Renovation Notice: Renovations at the State Historical Building of Iowa are taking place through fall 2023. During this time, the museum is still open to the public and some spaces are available to rent. Contact Meg Witt at 515-281-8823 for details.