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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

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Neighbourhood: Garneau
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Address: 11153 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2S1, Canada
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+1 780-427-3995
12:00 - 17:00
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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site was the home of the first Premier...

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.

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Fascinating history, beautiful house

Our guide was pretty amazing with his knowledge and insight into background of the house and the family that owned it. There was just the two of us, and so we could linger a bit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide was pretty amazing with his knowledge and insight into background of the house and the family that owned it. There was just the two of us, and so we could linger a bit to grab some great photos, and ask questions. The restoration of the house and the artifacts they've assembled are brilliant, you really get a sense... More 

Thank BenLar137
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn’t know the opening hours of this museum. We entered and the guide said that we had 15 minutes to visit this place, as they close at 5 P.M. We could enter for free. I took pictures of every room. After all, this was the house of the first premier of Alberta. He planned to have a house built... More 

Thank Robby G C
Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Great find on a Sunday in Edmonton. The tour is informative and takes you through the various rooms each with their own stories. The building is well maintained as are the grounds. Be aware that tours are not offered everyday so check website before heading out.

Thank NormLWat
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Well just over 10 years ago my wife and I got married and Rutherford was the place we picked for our wedding photos. The staff were great and I'd recommend it to anyone. But first stop by for afternoon tea, that'll put you in the mood.

Thank Brett K
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The tour guide was wonderful in her knowledge of the house, the family. And Alberta history more broadly. It was a gem on the U of A campus.

Thank SaminDC
Standard, Canada
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

It was a delight and privilege to be at this well-preserved example of a home from the early 20th century. We had a personalized tour and the fellow was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the house and occupants. It was enlightening to find out about the impact made on education in Alberta by Mr. Rutherford.

Thank Lynn H
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

When Alberta's First Premier chose to build his home on the south side of the river in 1911 so he could see across to the legislative building, the trees weren't tall enough to block the valley view, or his neighbours. That might be the most striking change to the beautifully restored and preserved brick mansion of A. C. Rutherford on... More 

Thank Dawnafreeman1
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Pretty cool place to visit, the house is old and unique and perfectly restored, the guides give a nice story of the original owners, and the original clothing an effects are in the house. Very cool for history buffs.

Thank Karenmagnuso
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is one of Alberta's historical gems. It is historical from a political perspective as well as private life of one of the most influential people of our province. The house is furnished with period pieces and has been beautifully maintained. Allow at least an hour to tour the house and small grounds.

Thank Touring56
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Rutherford House is a gem from the early 20th century!! It is furnished with furniture, dishes, light fixtures, rugs etc from that time. The guides are excellent & spend an hour going through the house with you & providing an enjoyable history lesson!! It is open year round & located on the University of Alberta campus.

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