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 the Friends of Rutherford House Society coordinate after-hour private events in this historic home to continue this legacy. The Friends of Rutherford House Society with Alberta Culture and Tourism, are pleased that you are considering booking Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site for your special event. Rutherford House is the ideal venue for family celebrations, corporate functions, weddings, and Christmas parties.

For bookings, please contact Please understand that the Friends Society no longer have full-time staff and that e-mail inquiries are being attended to once a week. We look forward to helping you arrange a memorable event in Edmonton's heritage gem.

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.

The Arbour Room

The Arbour Room is currently closed. We have completed restoration work in the sun porch and the commercial kitchen, and our next step is to secure a new restaurant operator. Once that is completed, some time will be required to get the restaurant up and running. Unfortunately, we don’t have a timeline as to when the restaurant will be open. As soon as we have more information, we will post it here as well as on our Facebook page. Thank you for your patience.


Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016