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 Reopening!

Starting June 20, 2020, the Gunn Museum will be open by appointment on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Call us at 860-868-7756 or email info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org to reserve a spot. Groups of no more than 5 people can register together, and one group at a time will be allowed to enter the Museum at the top of every hour.

Your safety and health are of utmost importance to us, so the Museum will be following several protocols:

  1. All visitors, staff, and volunteers must wear masks while inside the Museum.
  2. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  3. Staff will regularly clean high-touch areas, including doorknobs and interactives in the exhibit.
  4. Guided tours will not be offered at this time, but our audio tour is still accessible through QR code or link on mobile devices.
  5. No public restroom will be available to visitors.

We ask that Museum visitors who have been sick, been around anyone who is sick, or traveled recently to please stay home. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment at the Gunn Historical Museum. If you’d like to download a version of our safety protocols, click here: Gunn Museum Reopening Announcement and Protocols June 2020. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum!

Washington, Connecticut – An American Story

Exhibit entrance

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

We are delighted to share these positive reviews:

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.

Our exhibit has also been featured in two articles:

Explore Washington CT – “Washington, CT: An American Story – Behind the Scenes with the Curator”

Litchfield Magazine – “Throwback – Way, Way Back at the Gunn Historical Museum: Washington’s Magical History Tour”

Here are some preview shots taken by local photographer Phil Dutton: 

Hours of Operation:

Starting June 20, 2020, The Museum is open by appointment on:

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm

Give us a call at 860-868-7756, or send us an email at the addresses below. Stay safe and be well!

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.**