Living History Farms

Des Moines



As it's name suggests, History becomes more real in a tangible way at Living History Farms. This unique 500 acre farmland is an interactive outdoor museum which strives to educate people about midwestern rural life. Every visitor's time at Living History Farms is an opportunity for them to have a unique experience to understand how life was 300 years ago. Whether or not it was simpler or harder, it amazes guests year-round how the landscape has transformed over the centuries and eventually becoming one of the most productive farmlands in the world. Many centuries can come and go, but the rich history that lives in Living History Farms will never cease to keep the stories of the land alive. Living History Farms is always bustling with activity throughout the year because every season is beautiful and offers something different and intriguing about the plains. Living History Farms invites you to spend quality time with friends and family as you explore the beauty and fun of the interactive museum. So step right up and enjoy the time of your life at Living History Farms.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Barn/Farm/Ranch, Park/Garden, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 335 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 250 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 160 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 250 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,150 to $1,600 for a ceremony and reception and includes 8 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony only wedding ranges from $750 to $1,150. Please note there are no barn rentals during December-March.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Living History Farms is estimated at between $2,973 and $8,451 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Wedding planning services
Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot
Dance area

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Music must end by 10:30PM
No glitter throwables allowed
No rice throwables allowed