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.
Dining Room
Butterfly Room
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


At this time, we will remain closed through the end of 2021 for regular house tours.

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

(563) 382-8465


Plan your visit.

News and Events

"Welcome Back to the Porter House" Event

July 4th, 2021 starting at 3:00.

This upcoming 4th of July join us at the Porter House for patriotic music by Touch of Brass and a short program on the front porch. We will have the lower level open for walk-throughs as well as the gardens. All visitors may enjoy refreshments on the back porch as well. By Invite Only.

Current CDC guidelines for safe gathering, both indoors and outdoors, will be observed and posted on-site. 

**More details to come soon.

Summer 2021: Virtual Exhibit Videos

We’re thrilled to unlock a special selection of objects and stories from the Porter House Museum, sharing the experience with visitors, near and far. Learn more...

House Tours & 2021 Lecture Series

We have postponed indefinitely as a precautionary measure due to Coronavirus.