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Venues in Des Moines, IA,
(515) 210-2396

About Us

About Des Moines Heritage Center

Welcome to the Des Moines Heritage Center, an event venue located in the heart of the Historic East Village that features all the modern comforts you could ever imagine without sacrificing an ounce of the ambiance that’s been seasoned over more than a century. Opening in fall 2020, the Des Moines Heritage Center is the perfect place for couples to celebrate milestone events such as engagements, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding rehearsals, and your big day. The Des Moines Heritage Center has fall 2020 dates available for all couples, including couples having to change plans as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Host your next event at this iconic Des Moines landmark.

Facilities and Capacity

The Des Moines Heritage Center offers three different venues in the heart of the Historic East Village with views of the brilliant gold dome of the state capitol building.

Venue number one is the historic 1909 East Des Moines Union Depot. The depot can accommodate 50 to 80 guests and is the perfect venue for intimate weddings as well as wedding rehearsal dinners.

Venue number two is the newly constructed, state-of-the-art, Des Moines Heritage Center Events Center. The Events Center can accommodate 300 guests at tables and up to 400 guests, theater style. The Events Center includes everything you need for your big day from dressing rooms to catering kitchen to the latest in audio/visual equipment.

Venue number three is the Des Moines Heritage Center Plaza. The plaza, nestled amongst the depot and the events center, with commanding views of the state capitol, provides couples with the perfect venue for an outdoor wedding or reception or flexible activity space in concert with the depot or events center. The plaza can accommodate 300 to 400 guests.

Rent one, two or all three venues as the perfect setting for your special day. Visit or call 515-210-2396 for more information.

Services Offered

The Des Moines Heritage Center provides couples a seamless experience. Services offered include tables, chairs, linens, audio/visual equipment, catering kitchen, preferred vendors, and dedicated dressing room.


The Des Moines Heritage Center is located at 120 East 5th Street, in the Historic East Village of downtown Des Moines, near the state capitol building. Numerous hotels are located conveniently close by within walking distance for the wedding party and guests.

Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs, Event Planning, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue

Banquet Hall, Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment, Chairs, Chair Covers, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking, Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January, February, March

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