The museum is still being refurbished. We hope to open in June 2020. Please check back for updates. The work is taking longer than we anticipated. We miss the museum and our visitors. Please check back and in the meantime, keep reading and listening to the Boxcar Children.
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.