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.

The Museum is Open!

The Gunn Museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Free guided exhibit tours are available every Saturday in October and November from 1 to 2pm. Please call 860-868-7756 or email info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org to register in advance. Tour groups are limited six people.

To download and review our safety protocols before visiting click here: Gunn Museum Safety Protocols. We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum!

WASHINGTON, CONNECTICUT – AN AMERICAN STORY

Explore the unique people, places, and events that have shaped Washington’s rich history in our award-winning exhibit.

Click here to read more about the exhibit as well as some positive reviews.

Virtual Cemetery Tour 

The Gunn Museum’s 13th Annual Cemetery Tour is virtual this year. Watch the pre-recorded video here on our YouTube channel. For more information about the tour and behind-the-scenes photos from filming, click here!

Drawing by Vail Barrett

2021 Calendars Now Available!

The Gunn Historical Museum’s 2021 calendar features early-20th century postcards of Washington, CT from the Museum’s collection. A limited number of these collectible calendars are available to purchase online here and in person at the Gunn Museum, Gunn Library, and Hickory Stick Bookshop. All proceeds benefit the Museum.

Documenting History as it Happens: Collecting your Coronavirus Stories

The Gunn Historical Museum would like to document this moment in history so that future generations will know what life was like in Washington, Connecticut during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Please keep a record of your experience and the impact this event has had on our town. Consider collecting items for the Gunn Museum’s archive related to the pandemic in Washington like objects, photographs, videos, signs, menus, art, personal protective equipment, letters, journals, diaries, or short stories describing your personal experience.

First-hand accounts of life during this time will be invaluable to future historians who will be telling the story of the coronavirus pandemic. Diversity will allow us to tell a better story. We welcome submissions from everyone with a connection to Washington, CT: Children, adults, seniors, both full-time residents and part-time residents, first responders, firefighters, police, medical professionals, educators and students, business owners, employees, clergy and parishioners, town government and selectmen, those who caught the virus and those who avoided it, and more. To participate please contact Gunn Historical Museum Curator, Stephen Bartkus: curator@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org

The Gunn Museum is attracting visitors from far and wide…

Hours of Operation:

Free admission

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm

Free guided exhibit tours are available every Saturday in October and November from 1-2pm. Please email info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org or call 860-868-7756 at least one day in advance to register. Groups are limited to six people.

Contact Information:

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

Kate MacLaren, Museum Assistant info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org

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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.**