State Historical Building

About the State Historical Building

Baratta’s is happy to partner with the State Historical Building to help create a special day for your next event. Located in the heart of the trendy East Village neighborhood of Des Moines, the State Historical Building is home to the State Historical Museum and offers a number of spaces available to rent. Whether you’re planning a wedding, corporate event, anniversary party, birthday celebration, or more, the State Historical Building is sure to impress your friends, family, and colleagues. The elegant sky-lit atrium is rich with opportunities to create unique photos and you may request that museum exhibits be opened for your guests.

Venue Details

  • Seats 10-500 guests (call for details about each space)
  • Conveniently located in the East Village neighborhood of downtown Des Moines
  • Near major hotels
  • Multiple parking garages nearby
  • Customized menus
  • Full beverage service
  • Dance floor

Café Baratta’s

On the third floor of the State Historical Building, you’ll find Café Baratta’s. With walls of windows, a modern (but cozy) feel, and a rooftop patio overlooking downtown and the State Capitol Building, Café Baratta’s is an excellent option for your next event.

Grand Terrace

Located at the top of the State Historical Building, the Grand Terrace overlooks the historic East Village of Des Moines. With the ability to accommodate 500 guests, it’s an excellent choice for wedding ceremonies, live concerts, retirement parties, and more.

The Atrium

A beautiful space for any event, the sky-lit atrium in the State Historical Building is the perfect backdrop for a wedding reception, presentation, large meeting, corporate luncheon, television broadcast, and more. Sunlight streams in through the large skylights during the day and the beauty of the night sky is on display after dark. Regardless of the time, Baratta’s Catering is always happy to be a part of your big event.


The auditorium in the State Historical Building is ADA accessible, includes audio and visual equipment, and is a great choice for your next presentation, film screening, conference, or event that would be best held on a stage. Often, hosts choose to serve breakfast to their guests before heading to the auditorium, then breaking out to the meeting rooms. Baratta’s Catering is there for your breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner needs!

Meeting Rooms

The State Historical Building has a number of options when it comes to meeting rooms. Whether you’re hosting a conference or class, you’ll want to make sure your guests are well-fed and that’s where Baratta’s Catering enters!


600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


(515) 281-4658

Lunch Hours

Cafe Baratta’s Lunch: Mon-Sat 11am-2pm


Free parking garage at
E. Grand & Penn