Welcome!

Warner Boxcar Museum open for business 7-3-04

NOTICE TO VISITORS: Due to renovations and repairs on the boxcar , we will not be opening for the 2019 season We hope you will come when we reopen in May of 2020.

 Welcome to the front page for the Gertrude Chandler Warner Museum in Putnam, Connecticut.

Located off South Main Street near Union Square, the museum is dedicated to the life and work of Gertrude Chandler Warner, best known as the author of The Boxcar Children books.

The museum is open on weekends from May through the Saturday of the Great Pumpkin Festival in Putnam in October (October 21 in 2020) We are closed Labor Day weekend. The museum is housed in an authentic New York, New Haven & Hartford R.R. boxcar. Visitors will find children’s activities , a collection of original signed books, photos and artifacts from Gertrude’s life and career as a teacher in Putman, and a recreation of the living space created by the Aldens—the Boxcar Children themselves.

Putnam is Gertrude’s hometown, and the museum is located across the street from her childhood home. Her school where she taught and her church are nearby.