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 2022 HOURS :
We are open 7 days a week from
1 pm - 4 pm for the summer of 2022, June through August, and weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) 1 - 4 pm in May and September. 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.
News and Events
We are closed October through April, except for special events.