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.

Save the Date!

Volunteer Meeting – Washington Green Cemetery Tour

Friday, September 20, 2019, 6-7 pm

At Gunn Memorial Library, Wykeham Room

Attend our Washington Green Cemetery Tour Volunteer Meeting! All positions are available; actors, tour guides, photographer, make-up artist, set-up, clean-up, and refreshment servers. We need you on the team to make this popular cemetery tour amazing. You will learn about aspects of Washington’s history while having fun. 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.

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

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.**