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Welcome to the Porter House Museum!
Home of A.F. Porter, Naturalist
Decorah, Iowa
Located in the former Decorah home of Adelbert Field Porter (1879 – 1968) and Grace Young Porter (1880 – 1964), the Porter House Museum is an inspiring exploration of history, nature, and art.  

“Bert” (as he was more commonly called) was a gentleman naturalist, collector, and photographer who traveled throughout the world in pursuit of butterflies, rocks, and other curiosities.  A man of artistic sensibilities, Bert used his nature collections to create unique “nature art,” for which he became well known during his lifetime. 
At the museum, visitors experience the historic travels, art, and collecting of this naturalist and his wife against the backdrop of Victorian elegance that was their home and heritage.
Hours and Location

The Porter House Museum is located in the Broadway Historic District, two blocks south of downtown Decorah.

401 West Broadway Street

Decorah, Iowa 52101


We are open 7 days a week

1 pm - 4 pm, June through August, and weekends  (Sat, Sun) 1 - 4 pm in May and September.  Tours start on the hour at 1, 2 and 3PM.  We are closed October through April, except for special events.

We encourage guests to enjoy the free outdoor Rock Wall and Gardens during daylight hours.​

Plan your visit.

News and Events

We will reopen for the 2023 season on Saturday and Sundays beginning May 20th, three tours daily at 1, 2 and 3PM.

Open June-August, with tours 7 days/week at 1, 2 and 3PM.


Coming Again Fall 2023:

"Porter House After Dark”

See our Events page.

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