Welcome to the Porter House Museum!
Home of A.F. Porter, Naturalist
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
UPDATE ON 2021 HOURS :
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.
News and Events
Event Coming Up:
OPENING DAY: Sunday, May 1st @ 1:00 - We are finally opening for the first time since 2019 for tours!
Starting Sunday, May 1st at 1:00, there will be tours available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May with more dates and times for June-August to be announced at a later time.