Weddings

Science Center of Iowa

Des Moines, IA View map Visit website
Rating 4.7 out of 5
   8 reviews
Guests 10 to 400

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Guests 10 to 400

The sky's the limit for your upcoming wedding! SCI's facility rental program offers competitive rates, unique rental experiences and flexible menu options with professional, full-service catering. From a ceremony under the stars in the Star Theater planetarium to cocktail hour in our hands-on exhibits and beyond, contact us to learn more about hosting your event at SCI!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$2000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2000.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30.00

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

400

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

15

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Preferred Vendors Only
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
June
July
August
September
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
May
November
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Recommended by 95% of couples
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  • Michael
    Michael B. Married on 07/06/2019
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    Great service

    The science center was great. We had our ceremony in the star theater which was absolutely beautiful. And they were very accommodating and easy to work with.
  • Morgan
    Morgan M. Married on 06/22/2019
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    Magical wedding day at the Science Center

    We had both our reception and ceremony at the Science Center. Ronnie and the Science Center staff were so helpful and made our day go off without a hitch! Our entire day there was so magical!

    Our ceremony was in the Star Theater, with 120 guests, which I would guess is max capacity. We got to pick out star displays for before, during, and after the ceremony, so the guests got a little bit of a show. I wasn’t sure what to do with ceremony decor so Ronnie recommended basic flowers/ferns in front of the podium. I’m so glad I took his advice because my ceremony looked so classy. We had fireworks go off right when we kissed which was a big crowd pleaser!

    Our reception was in Principal Hall with 170 guests. We went minimal on decor here too, and instead got three BOGOs (stars and a moon). People were taking selfies with the moon all night (it looked very realistic), so that was a hit.

    Overall the price was very reasonable for such a unique location, and if you hold back on decor, you can really pull off an affordable wedding here! I highly recommend.
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    Jenna Married on 11/25/2017
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    The Science Center of Iowa is the perfect place to have a wedding. It is fun, big and classy. Ronnie Wells , the facility rental manager is a life-saver. He is professional, kind, enthusiastic and sincere. He worked very well with my husband and I and he showed us the absolute best that the SCI had to offer. Ronnie made everything a breeze and I truly believe our wedding would not have gone so perfectly without him. He made every accommodation for myself and my family possible, even though the facility was going through some minor remodel on the escalator and stairs which made getting around the venue difficult, but with his help it wasn't an inconvenience.

    It feels like they do everything for you at SCI. The base cost of the venue was easy to understand, and the upgrades (Bar, tables etc) were also transparent and very reasonable. Ronnie and the others at SCI worked hard to tie their responsibilities in with the catering and cake and everything went smoothly. Ronnie did his best to keep my husband and I involved, to make our ceremony and reception perfect and unique to us. The space was perfect for my family and everyone had fun. I know that a crazy group like us can be a lot to handle but Ronnie and the others were amazing at putting up with us and helping us out entirely. I will recommend SCI to anyone and everyone for all types of events and I will be working with them again if ever I need space for entertaining again!

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401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Des Moines, 50309
515-375-2404

Tues - Sat: 10:00–17:00 Sun: 12:00–17:00
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Science Center of Iowa frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Science Center of Iowa?

Science Center of Iowa includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Set Up

At Science Center of Iowa, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Science Center of Iowa includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At Science Center of Iowa, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Science Center of Iowa includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Science Center of Iowa in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Science Center of Iowa for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Science Center of Iowa for wedding events?

Science Center of Iowa offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Science Center of Iowa offer?

Science Center of Iowa offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Science Center of Iowa offer for wedding events?

Science Center of Iowa offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Preferred Vendors Only
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Science Center of Iowa have available for wedding events?

Science Center of Iowa offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Science Center of Iowa and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Science Center of Iowa is recommended by 87% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in value, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.1 in average response time.

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