Looking for a beautiful location for your special event?

Unique, sophisticated, and home to some of the most important art of our time, the Des Moines Art Center boasts a variety of spaces to accommodate the most discerning needs: a gorgeous lobby, a restaurant, a 220-seat theater, and an open air courtyard with striking views of our buildings, designed by three master architects. These customizable accommodations are perfect for creating a truly memorable and entirely unexpected event.

Exceptional Culinary Experiences

One of our approved caterers will provide an exceptional culinary experience, from passed hors d’oeuvres to a multiple course dinner.

Docent-Led Tours

To surprise and delight your guests, we can arrange private docent-led tours of the three buildings that house the Art Center’s impressive exhibitions and collections.

Spaces Available To Rent

Lobby & Courtyard

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Art Center Restaurant

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Levitt Auditorium

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Our Guidelines

The Art Center does not allow political, religious, or fundraising events.

All spaces are smoke free.

No food or drink is allowed in the galleries or Levitt Auditorium.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to rent your facility?

    All rentals include set up and tear down of rental equipment, security, and maintenance. Additional items may be rented by the Art Center on behalf, and at the expense, of the client. These fees do not include food and beverage or any outside rental needs, such as tables, chairs, and linens.  Fees are subject to change.

    Please check our rental spaces, Lobby and Courtyard, Art Center Restaurant, and Levitt Auditorium, for venue pricing.

  • Do you have a list of approved caterers?

    The Des Moines Art Center is proud to present three exclusive caterers for events.

    Contacts: Susan Madorsky or Pernilla Werninger
    Email / Phone: 515.988.4366 (Susan) / 515.720.7510 (Pernilla)

    Contact: Emily Gross
    Email / Phone: 515.277.8646

    Contact: Kelly Crosby
    Email / Phone: 515.422.5111

Tell us about your experience!

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Interested? Contact Senior Events Manager Grace Braga.