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.

Volunteers Wanted for the Washington Green Cemetery Tour!

There is still time to join the Cemetery Tour Team.

We are looking for museum exhibit monitors (adult), cemetery monitors (adult), tour guides, make-up artist,  luminary placement helpers,  luminary light checkers, Wykeham Room: refreshment servers and refreshment prep helpers, trucks for luminary clean-up and wheel-barrows/garden carts to borrow. We need you on the team to make this popular cemetery tour amazing. Students: as a volunteer, you can earn 10-15 community service hours (must be in grade 8 or older). For more information and to sign up please contact or 860-868-7756.

Visit our exciting new long-term exhibit about the unique people,
places and events that have shaped Washington’s rich history.

We are delighted to share with you positive reviews we have received on the exhibit. Please 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 1419
Washington, CT 06793
Telephone: 860-868-7756
Stephen Bartkus, Curator
Lisa Breese, Operations Manager



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.**