Knaut-Rhuland House Museum, National Historic Site

Lunenburg Heritage Society Museum

The Knaut-Rhuland House is a late 18th-century residence located in the heart of Old Town Lunenburg on Pelham Street between King and Prince Streets. Built in an architectural style now referred to as “British Classicism”, this 2½ story house serves as a museum depicting life in the early years of Lunenburg. The Knaut-Rhuland House is named for its first two owners, merchants Benjamin Knaut and Conrad Rhuland – and has been designated a Canadian National Historic Site as well as a registered Heritage Property of both the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Lunenburg.

Claiming Rank: The Display of Wealth and Status by Eighteenth-Century Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Merchants


The Lunenburg Heritage Society accepts donations and loans of artifacts that help us portray and interpret Lunenburg’s early history. We have many generous patrons to thank for the collection housed in the Knaut-Rhuland House Museum. One of our most valuable and deeply appreciated gifts was made by Mrs. Margaret Rudolf Cater, of a painted portrait believed to be of Major Leonard Christopher Rudolf that is displayed in the Knaut Room on the main floor.

We are looking for artifacts that:

1. Pertain to the (pre)history of Mirligueche through the settlement of Lunenburg up to Confederation in 1867.

2. Relate directly to the Knaut, Rhuland and Creighton families during the years in which they occupied the House from approximately 1793 to 1910.

We are particularly interested in obtaining domestic items (furniture, textiles, decorative art, silver, porcelain, household tools, implements and furnishings) that help us tell the story of the House and that of its residents relative to the social, commercial, political and military interests of the time.

KRH Collections Management Policy

For further information, please call (902) 634-3498.


With the contribution of labour and plant material by numerous Society volunteers, the late James Aulenbach (pictured above) designed and spent many hours developing a beautiful and very colourful garden in our backyard.



Your charitable contribution will help ensure the Lunenburg Heritage Society can continue to preserve and promote Lunenburg's heritage.


If you share our goals and objectives join us as a member. As a member you can vote at annual and special meetings, volunteer for executive roles on the Board of Directors or chair standing committees.

Contact Us

125 Pelham Street
Lunenburg, NS, Canada
Phone: 902-634-3498

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