Museum Support

There are many ways you can support the Gunn Historical Museum: become a member, donate, volunteer, attend a fundraiser, or shop our books!


As a Friend of the Gunn Museum, you will have a direct impact on the future of the Gunn Historical Museum, which has been steadfastly collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Washington, Connecticut. Our annual membership runs from July to June.

Membership benefits include:

  • Semi-annual newsletter,  The Washington Chronicles, mailed to your home
  • Research services (appointment required)
  • Annual calendar ($100 level and above)
  • Tickets to 1st group on Cemetery Tour (first come, first serve until filled)

Please consider becoming a Friend by signing up for a membership at one of the following annual levels:

Mary Harwood: $25
William “Bill” Bader: $50
June Barnes Willis: $100
Ella Williams: $250
Jeannie Platt: $500
Maj. William Cogswell: $1,000

You can click here to join now or send a check made out to “Gunn Historical Museum” and mail to:

Gunn Historical Museum
Friends of the Gunn Museum
P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT 06793

Call the Museum at 860-868-7756 or email for more information. 


The Gunn Museum is always looking for committed volunteers to help preserve the history of Washington for the future. Whether you want to learn more about the town, love working with antiques, or are interested in meeting new people, the Museum has a place for you! Volunteering at the Museum is also a great opportunity for students to complete their community service hours. Please take a moment to fill out our Gunn Museum Volunteer Form to let us know what you’d like to help with so we can best match your skills and interests.

Docent Program

Docents support the Museum’s collections and exhibitions by assisting visitors in the exhibit and giving highlights tours. Over the years, thousands of visitors – from local and regional communities, across the nation and other parts of the world – have benefited from docent-led activities. The program is designed to offer all visitors an exciting and engaging experience that stimulates conversation, promotes an appreciation of Washington, Connecticut’s history and deepens their understanding of what it means to be an American. For more information, read our position specification for the Gunn Museum Docent here.