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
Open Daily June 1-August 31
Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Open Weekends May, Sept. - Oct.
Friday - Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
News and Events
Concert by John Krebs and Philip Wharton at the Porter House
January 23rd, at 7:30PM. Doors open at 7:00PM.
Featuring violinist/composer and Decorah native Philip Wharton and pianist and former Luther faculty member John Krebs.
The performance, held in the museum’s recently-revitalized historic music parlor, will include Grieg’s Sonata in G Major, Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, and Games, an original piece composed by Wharton.
Tickets for the performance will be available at $14 on a first-come, first-served basis at the Porter House at 401 W Broadway St. Members of the Porter House Museum may reserve tickets in advance as a benefit of museum membership. Email the Porter House at email@example.com for more information.