Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Rutherford House will be closed to the public from Tuesday, January 16th until Wednesday, February 1st.

Last year, we did some much-needed restoration of the historic hardwood floors in six of our most explored rooms in order to extend the life of this house, which is more than a century old. This year we are completing the job, which will involve the remaining rooms, as well as the restaurant space and entryway.

With more than 100,000 visitors since the last time we refinished the floors, they are due for a little TLC. It’s a significant endeavour as our Collection Management and Conservation crew will need to move dozens of artifacts, and cover up many others, so we can ensure they are protected from harm.

We will open up again on Wednesday, February 1st - please visit us then and enjoy the refreshed, historic hardwood floors of Rutherford House.

We're Almost There!

Alberta Culture and Tourism is looking for a restaurant operator to reopen the restaurant at Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site.

If you are interested in this opportunity to operate the restaurant and to be part of creating a unique culinary experience, please go to the “Vendors” page on the Government of Alberta’s Alberta Purchasing Connection where you will find the Request for Proposals. Please feel free to share this opportunity.

Stay tuned to this page, or find us on Facebook, for future updates.

We would like to thank our past, present, and future patrons for their patience.

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site was the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. In 1911, A.C. Rutherford, his wife Mattie and their family moved into this beautiful brick mansion near the university campus. The family entertained friends, relatives and influential Edmontonians for more than a generation. Today, this restored and furnished Edwardian-era home maintains the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours and special events.

The Great War Knitting Project

Thank you to all the volunteers, family and friends that contributed to the “Knit You Bit” project. With your efforts and expertise, we now have over a dozen hand-made, knitted items for our soldier comforts and war fashions collection. The items will help us tell the story of the community activities on the home front in Edmonton and how the Rutherford family contributed to the war efforts.

Tour of Rutherford House Provincial Historic SiteTake a tour of Rutherford House
Watch three videos starting with a tour of the historic gardens, followed by the main and second floors.

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
Last reviewed/revised: January 18, 2017
Interpreters at Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Visit Rutherford House and experience life as it was in the early part of the twentieth century.

Rutherford House

Our costumed interpreters are waiting to give you a tour!

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