Weddings and Special Events

Newlyweds at the Old Cap

The Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History may be reserved for events by University of Iowa groups, non-profits, and other interested individuals.  Possible events include lectures, performances, receptions, wedding ceremonies, birthday parties, and more! Your event supports the Pentacrest Museums--all revenue supports our activities and our student employees. To learn more about events, see our FAQ page.

Please keep in mind that we are a museum and historic site.  We have specific rules about food, drinks, flowers, and decorations that may be different from other event venues, but that are necessary to protect our building and our collection.  We appreciate your cooperation.


Ceremony: The Senate Chamber is the perfect location for an elegant ceremony at the heart of the University of Iowa campus.  Smaller groups might enjoy the Supreme Court Chamber.  We've even had weddings on our grand staircase.


Food and beverages must be arranged through the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union Catering Department. Old Capitol Museum requires that at least one IMU food service person is in attendance during the reception. 

Fees and Billing

Building rental fees vary according to level of service and time of day. For an estimate, please contact Shereena Honary at 319-335-2010, A deposit may be required for large events.  Pentacrest Museums staff will bill the sponsoring department following the event.  Iowa Memorial Union Catering will send an itemized invoice for catering charges. 

For more information, contact Shereena Honary at 319-335-2010, or