CURRENT HOURS: TUES-SAT • 9am–4pm • Last tractor cart leaves at 2pm

Rental Facilities

Welcome to Living History Farms! Many sites across our 500 acres can serve as the ideal setting for your event, whether it’s business or pleasure. Basic information about our venues is below. To communicate with our staff in more detail, please fill out a Rental Interest Form, email us at, or call (515)278-5286 ext. 155. We will be happy to meet with you and show you the many options at Living History Farms. Please note: Museum touring hours and programs will limit the availability of some sites.

collage of interior and exterior church photosCHURCH OF THE LAND

Capacity: 130 seated, 152 total

Dressing room, piano, modern restrooms, sound system, paved parking (overflow parking at Visitor Center)

The nondenominational church in our 1876 town of Walnut Hill is available year-round for weddings, music recitals, memorials, and more. Built in 1984, the church is constructed in Prairie Gothic style (also known as Carpenter Gothic), with narrow points topping the windows, pews, and pulpit. The stained-glass window is based on a quilt designed to commemorate Pope John Paul II’s visit to Living History Farms. The church is fully air-conditioned and heated. Outlets and switches are concealed behind wood paneling to preserve the historic feel.

collage of interior and exterior barn photosFLYNN BARN

Capacity: 160 seated at tables, 280 chairs only or standing

Banquet tables, round tables, chairs, string lights and lanterns, small stage

The Flynn Barn was built on this site in 1871 and is listed on the National Historic Register. It is a rustic and charming venue for dinners, auctions, receptions, dances, and parties. Exposed mortise-and-tenon beams frame the open expanse above the white oak floor. A new roof installed in 2022 guarantees shelter from the rain. However, because the barn is not climate-controlled, it is available only May-October. Modern restrooms are a short walk away. Paved parking is available nearby at the Visitor Center.

collage of interior and exterior visitor center photosVISITOR CENTER


Capacity: 156 seated at tables, 330 chairs only or standing

Banquet tables, round tables, chairs, kitchen, modern restrooms, wifi, television with HDMI capability, built-in screen (Celebration Room), paved parking (overflow parking on grass)

A thoroughly modern building that evokes the feel of a vintage barn, the Visitor Center is perfect for receptions, meetings, retreats, and parties year-round. The spacious Great Hall features exposed beams, skylights, brick, inlaid wood, and windows facing the 1876 town of Walnut Hill. French doors open to a patio for an indoor-outdoor event in nice weather. The adjoining Celebration Room is ideal for a buffet line or a staging area for caterers. It can also be used as a get-ready room or a breakout meeting room.

collage of interior and exterior murray center photosMURRAY CONFERENCE CENTER

Capacity: 55 seated at tables, 115 theater-style, 118 standing

Banquet tables, chairs, kitchen, modern restroom, parking on dirt lot or grass, wifi

The Murray Conference Center is a unique, partially in-ground facility for classes, workshops, day retreats, showers, receptions, and reunions. The meeting room features a high domed ceiling and a wall of southern windows with a balcony overlooking a peaceful pond. The space also includes a lobby/registration area, restroom, and kitchen. Please note: The Murray Center is accessible from our gate on Douglas, west of the interstate, not from our Visitor Center entrance.

collage of gazebo photosGAZEBO

Capacity: 180 seated

Electricity, chairs

In 1876, the Walnut Hill gazebo might have been the spot for public debates or band concerts. Today, it’s the perfect spot for a wedding or other special event. The structure is fully open-air with built-in benches on all sides. Modern restrooms are close by, and the gazebo is wired for electricity.

collage of flynn mansion exterior photosFLYNN MANSION PORCH/LAWN

Capacity: 180 seated

Electricity, chairs

This beautiful Italianate-style mansion was built on this site in 1870 by the real-life Flynn family, Irish immigrants who had made their fortune in railroad building. The building has been restored to original exterior colors and is on the National Historic Register. The sheltered porch and front lawn are both available for events. Modern restrooms are close by, electricity can be run from inside the home, and paved parking is available at the nearby Visitor Center. We’re sorry, the interior of the home is not available for rentals.

photo of grass and trees on museum front lawn


Paved parking, overflow parking on grass

Looking for a wide open space? Our front lawn offers nearly 7 acres of land easily accessible from Hickman Road. This space is perfect for an outdoor festival—plenty of room to set up tents or other temporary structures. Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Note: You will need to provide electricity and restrooms. Sound systems must conform to Urbandale city ordinances.


  • A nonrefundable 50% deposit is due with your signed rental contract. Your deposit will be applied toward your total bill.
  • A Living History Farms staff member will be on duty during your event.
  • Rental fees include the set-up and tear-down of tables and chairs, as well as trash removal.
  • Interested in a rental venue not listed here? Other sites, including property-wide rentals, are sometimes available by special request.


  • 10% off for Living History Farms members
  • 10% off for nonprofit organizations


  • If you wish to serve food at your event, we suggest you choose from our list of preferred caterers. Contact our Events Supervisor for a current list at or (515) 278-5286 ext 155. You may use another caterer, but they will need to provide a certificate of liability insurance.
  • Consuming alcohol on Living History Farms’ property during our regular operating hours (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, May-October) is prohibited. Outside those hours, you may offer bar service through a professional caterer with a liquor license and liability insurance.




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