Become an Adventurer

Hidden in the garden is a glimpse of some of our favorites artifacts from Bert's  natural collection (from inside the Porter House) for you to find!

Annual 2020

Lecture Series

Our spring lecture series was cancelled.  We hope to reschedule, but for now all such plans are on hold.

Virtual Exhibits

Staying connected to our community is key! We’re thrilled to unlock a special selection of objects from the Porter House Collection to tell a tale of wonder and excitement through our first-ever Virtual Exhibits.

2019 Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, September 14 2019

4PM - 6PM, Lingonberry


The public is invited to the Porter House Museum’s fundraiser at the Lingonberry in downtown Decorah on Saturday, September 14th from 4PM to 6PM.


As part of the festivities, there will be wine,refreshments, and a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses and friends of the museum.


Admission to the fundraiser is $10 per person or $15 per pair (for spouses or friends). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Porter House’s recent project to install air conditioning and solar panels at the museum

House Tours Closed

At this time, the Porter House Museum is closed for House Tours indefinitely for the 2020 season.


We welcome guests to enjoy our free outdoor Rock Wall and Garden area.

Summer Tour Series

Saturday, August 10 2019

1PM, Porter House Museum

Join local history expert Elizabeth Lorentzen for a free walking tour of part of the Broadway-Phelps Park Historic District, beginning at the Porter House and ending at the Landers-Adams House.


Refreshing cold drinks and treats will be served.

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© Photos courtesy Jessica Rilling •