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

UPDATE ON 2020 HOURS :(5/17/2020)

At this time, we are closed for house tours indefinitely for the 2020 season.

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

The 2020 Lecture Series has been postponed TBD as a precautionary measure due to coronavirus.

© Porter House Museum, PO Box 115, Decorah, IA 52101

© Photos courtesy Jessica Rilling • www.jessicarillingphotography.com