DECORAH-- Porter House Museum is a Northeast Iowa museum originally donated by Bert Porter to the Winneshiek County Historical Society. Originally built in 1867 by a Decorah merchant, the home was transferred by his grandparents to Bert Porter after he married Grace Young, in 1904. The love story of Bert and Grace is celebrated and explored at the Porter House. The couple was married for sixty years until Grace Young's death in 1964.
Bert Porter was an avid traveler, who circled the world seven times. His favorite destination outside of United States were the dense forested areas of South America. During his travels, Bert collected numerous artifacts, rare items, and photographs. The Porter House Museum proudly displays each of these collections.
Bert turned over the family home to Winneshiek County Historical Society with the promise that they would maintain the house as a museum, which opened to the public in 1969.
The museum proudly hosts an incredible collection of art work in addition to Porter's other artifacts. The vast collection is a testament to Bert’s travel and his efforts to record his adventures. The museum also features a beautifully unique rock wall, which is well known and admired throughout the area. The eccentric stone wall has oddly shaped rocks and gemstones incorporated into it's structure, along with ancient fossils from both North and South America. It took six years for Bert to design and build the wall and today, it is still a popular area attraction.
Tickets: The museum entry fee is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 6-18. Kids ages 6 and under are free.
Visitors should know that photography is not allowed inside the house. For more information about the museum, please call (563) 382-8465. Alternatively, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Museum hours are:
Daily June 1-August 31 Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm Weekends May, Sept. - Oct. Friday - Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Porter House Museum,
401 West Broadway Street,
Decorah, IA 52101.
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