Rutherford Museum

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The Rutherford Museum contains a collection of the custom-made tools used by Ernest Rutherford when he was Professor of Experimental Physics at McGill (from 1898 to 1907). This equipment enabled Rutherford to investigate the newly-discovered phenomenon of radioactivity, to establish the nature of the alpha rays emitted by radium and thorium, and to formulate the revolutionary theory of radioactive transformation for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1908.

The Museum also includes photographs, letters, documents, and other material relating to Rutherford’s revolutionary work.

Individuals or groups should arrange their visit with the museum’s curator via email (preferred) or by phone at +1 514 398 7030 during business hours.

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