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. It was founded in 1899 by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was originally called the Judea Historical Room. After the Gunn Library was built in 1908, this small museum moved into a room in the basement of the library. In 1965, June Willis bequeathed her house to the library and the museum moved next door. Today, the museum is still a neighbor to the Gunn Memorial Library and continues with its mission to document the history of Washington.


  • The current exhibition Washington CT – An American Story has won three prestigious awards
  • Past exhibits at the Gunn Historical Museum have featured letters, pictures, and artifacts telling of the involvement of Washington in World War I as well as the photography of Nell Dorr.
  • The Museum also hosts many fun community events throughout the year such as the Washington Green Cemetery Tour, New Years Tea, and a History Bites Series.
  • The Museum’s beautiful Adele Worsley Garden is always in bloom and is the perfect way to end your day of exploration.