Community meetings. Weddings. Children's birthday parties. Company retreats. The Grout Museum District is filled with inspirational spaces for rent that bring smiles to people's faces. Whether it's for business or pleasure, there's a space sure to meet your needs.

For a list of exhibits available for rent visit here and here.

Grout Museum, Iowa Veterans Museum and Snowden House Rental Details, Rates and Capacities

PRINTABLE Rentals Information, Rate, & Policies available here.

Take a 360 degree tour of select rental spaces in the District.


All Rentals based on (3) hour minimum, cleaning fee included in room rental

Snowden House

  • $425, $100 each additional hour, Capacity-100
  • Wedding Ceremony, $250/1 hour, $100 each additional hour 100

Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum Lower Level:

  • Lobby & Mess Hall: $575, $150 each additional hour, Banquet-225
  • Mess Hall: $425, $150 each additional hour, Banquet-140, Lecture-200
  • Lobby: $425, $150 each additional hour, Banquet-100, Lecture-125
  • Theatre: $350, $75 each additional hour, Capacity-52
  • Ike Leighty Classroom: $200, $25 each additional hour, Capacity-20

Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum Upper Level:

  • Board Room: $275, $75 each additional hour, Capacity-25
  • Classrooms: $200, $25 each additional hour, Capacity-30
  • Conference Room: $350, $75 each additional hour, Banquet-50, Lecture-70

Birthday parties are available at numerous sites. Contact us to book! 
Birthday Party Details

Add a planetarium show or self guided tour to any rental. Grout Museum District Members, Veterans and Non-Profits receive discounts. Ask the Event Coordinator.

Amenities available:

Stove, convection oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and ice machine. 

Reservations, Deposits & Other Policies:

A deposit of $100 or 25% of total rental fee (whichever is greater) is due with the signed contract to secure the date. Reservations are tentative until the museum has received a deposit.

Signed contract and total balance due no later than 7 business days prior to event.

Cancellations must be made 60 days in advance. Deposit will be forfeited without proper cancellation notice. A 50% cancellation fee will be charged on all cancelled rentals.

All or part of any deposit may be retained against cleanup costs, damage, or loss incurred. If damages exceed the deposit, you will be held responsible for full payment. 

A $100 ‘after hours’ fee will be applied, for any rentals exceeding the specified contract time limit. 

The renter shall assume all financial responsibility for any damages or loss of District property and for any personal injury to any member of the group served, which may occur as a result of the use of the property. A certificate of insurance may be requested.

Checks: Make payable to the Grout Museum District

Alcohol: Please see the GMD Alcohol Policy, available at, if alcohol will be present at your event. Smoking is prohibited at all GMD Facilities. 

Security: All events over 50 people and events serving alcohol are REQUIRED to have security.

Decorations & DJs: 

Not allowed: adhesives, pins, tape or any material that could cause permanent marks, glitter or confetti, fog machines, candles or open flames, unanchored balloons

No DJ service allowed at Snowden House

Non-negotiable. Violators will be charged full deposit fee. 

Set Up/Tear Down: The GMD will set up (table, chairs, and linens) ready for you upon arrival, with the completion of the given floor plan. You will not be responsible for tearing down these items.

Renter is responsible for all other clean up and/or arranging for this, prior to event. This includes: clearing tables, food storage and clean up.

All decorations, materials, equipment and food must be removed immediately after your event.

The rented facility MUST look exactly as you found it upon your arrival, when you leave the facility. Deposit will not be returned if rented facility is not properly cleaned and cleared.

Catering: The GMD is not responsible for any food items brought on to the premises during an event except for catering coordinated by the GMD.

All events over 50 people must be catered by the GMD.

All events requiring catering services are to be provided by licensed catering firms contracted by the renter. Renter/caterer must pre-arrange if items are to be delivered prior to rental times. When NOT using a licensed caterer, renters will need to provide a copy of homeowner’s or renters insurance when bringing prepared food to the event.

We require copy of caterers license on file at the GMD, prior to any service of food. Frying, sautéing, grilling and grease not permitted.

Table clearing is the responsibility of caterer and/or renter, not GMD event staff.

Guests, food, and beverages are restricted to designated areas as determined prior to the event. 

Questions? Interested in booking? Contact Teresa Bryant at 319.234.6357 or

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