Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

About Rutherford House

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site is the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. In 1911, A.C. Rutherford and his wife Mattie 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 Post-Edwardian style home maintains the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours and special events.

Private Bookings

The Rutherford family was renowned for their gracious hospitality and Rutherford House staff coordinate after-hour private events in this historic home to continue that legacy. Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site is pleased that you are considering booking our site for your special event. Rutherford House is the ideal venue for family celebrations, corporate functions, weddings, and Christmas parties.

If you are interested in booking the house for an event or photo shoot, please contact Edward van Vliet at We will respond to your inquiry within 3-5 days.

The Lilac Tree Museum Shop at Rutherford House

Named after the white lilacs planted in the Rutherford House historic garden, “The Lilac Tree”, museum gift shop in Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site is now open and ready for business! Visit the shop for unique gift ideas with a focus on ‘old-fashion’ style including home decor, patchwork quilts, natural soaps and hand crafted gifts. The shop is open the same hours as the museum; daily during the summer months, May 15 to September long weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during the winter - Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.

Vintage Fork at Rutherford House is open for business

Join Chef Salar Melli and experience Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site’s new restaurant.

Chef Salar and his team at Vintage Fork present an elegant and playful dining experience with dishes inspired by the Rutherfords and their time, as well as creative variations on classic dishes.

For the Vintage Fork daily menu, restaurant hours, reservations, and catering please call 780.427.4113 or visit or connect on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you!


Last reviewed/revised: December 22, 2017