Gunn Historical Museum

The mission of the Gunn Historical Museum is to collect, preserve, and share the objects and stories which illuminate the history of Washington. Our beginnings date back to 1899 when the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution opened the Judea Historical Room in a house on the Green. When the Gunn Memorial Library was built in 1908 the collection was moved across the street into the lower level of the library. In 1965 June Willis bequeathed her house to the library and the museum moved next door.

Museum Calendars are Available Here

Our 2020 calendar features color images from our new exhibit, Washington, Connecticut – An American Story. A great souvenir for visitors to the museum and an enticement for those who have yet to visit! Members at the $100 level or more will receive a free copy of the calendar in the mail. Click here to order.

Cost is $15, plus $5 shipping. Quantities are limited.

Visit our exciting long-term Exhibit

Explore the unique people, places and events that have shaped Washington’s rich history.

We are delighted to share positive reviews we received on the exhibit. Read the reviews by clicking on the links below:

Bill Hosley posted a review on the Creating Sense of Place for Connecticut Facebook page. Bill Hosley, is the former curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum and is still active in local history initiatives.

Tracey O’Shaughnessy’s review was published in the Republican American. She is the Associate Features Editor and coordinates the newspaper’s visual arts and theater coverage. She has received national and regional awards for her arts criticism, commentary and news features. 

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 PM

Contact Information:

Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road
P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT 06793
Telephone: 860-868-7756
Stephen Bartkus, Curator

Kate MacLaren, Museum Assistant



Adele Worsley Garden

The panel gardens at the Gunn Historical Museum were created — and are maintained — by the Washington Garden Club in memory of Adele Worsley. Adele was a much-loved member and horticulturist who worked tirelessly for the Washington Garden Club. The flowers at the Gunn Museum are in bloom from spring to fall, so stop by and visit our beautiful gardens.


** Please note: The Gunn Historical Museum is located in a 1781 colonial home and is not currently handicap accessible, although we are looking into the possibilities of making the building more accessible.**