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Porter House Museum ♦ 401 W. Broadway, Decorah, IA 52101 View Map

Porter House Museum  Some of Porter's butterfly specimens on display at the museum were caught over a century ago. Both Grace and Bert Porter were artists.  Many fine examples of Grace's needlepoint and china painting are on display.  Bert's creative impulses manifested in his delicate

Visitors from around the world enjoy touring this beautiful museum, it's grounds and famous rock wall.

Open weekends in May Friday - Sunday, 1-4.  And Daily in June through August: Mon.-Sat 10-4 and Sundays 1-4. Also open weekends in May, September, and October.

Here's a bit of history about the museum:
D.B. Ellsworth, a prominent Decorah merchant, built this Italianate villa in 1867. Frank and Emma Young purchased the property in 1898. Their daughter, Grace, fell in love with the "boy next door," Adelbert Field Porter, and married him in the music parlor in June 1904. They lived out their lives in the house which now bears their name. Grace died in 1964 at the age of 84. Bert remained in the house till his death in 1968 at age 89.

Bert traveled extensively throughout his life, making 7 around-the-world journeys and numerous excursions into the jungles of South America to collect specimens of exotic butterflies. Grace and her mother accompanied him on some of his trips. Bert diligently recorded his travels in journals and photographs which may be viewed at the museum. His travel gear is on display in the upper story of the house. Grace played the piano and enjoyed china - painting. Examples of her craft are on display in the dining room.

The Porters were well educated and refined individuals, who enjoyed many of the finer things in life. Their friends were often invited to private concerts given by traveling musicians in the Porter's music parlor. This tradition of concerts and recitals continues today as special events.

In July of 1968, Bert conveyed the house and it's contents (his worldly treasurers) to the Winneshiek County Historical Society for preservation as a public museum, after his death. Today, the museum is a private, not-for profit corporation, administered by a board of directors.
Open weekends in May Friday - Sunday, 1-4.  And Daily in June through August: Mon.-Sat 10-4 and Sundays 1-4. Also open weekends in May, September, and October. Open off season by appointment


Adults:  $7
Seniors:  $5
Children age 6 to 17: $3
Children under 6:  free
Members admitted fre