Naperville, Ill. 60540
Cost: November-March: $5.25, $4.75 seniors, $4 kids 4-12, free members and kids under 4. April-October: $12, $10 seniors, $8 kids 4-12, free kids under 4. Free general admission for Naperville residents and members.
Hours: November-March: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. April-October: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Exteriors of buildings available for touring.
Naper Settlement is a family-friendly, outdoor history museum featuring 12 acres of learning and interactive opportunities for all ages. Visitors are immersed in history as they learn about the past and how it relates to the present, from pioneer times to today. Highlights include summer day camps for children in grades 1-8, special events and programs. Museum educators in period clothing provide interactive entertainment for visitors combined with the 30 historical shops, homes, and public buildings, including a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and Victorian mansion. In 2012, Naper Settlement is "Celebrating the American Spirit." Join us for hot dogs, baseball, ice cream and apple pie for an All American Summer. Enjoy a Vintage Baseball Exhibition and a presentation on Chicago's Hot Dog Passion in July; a Hometown Picnic and apple pie baking contest in August; a retrospective of Chicago's Victory Gardens and the popular Weed Ladies Floral Sale in September; and an opportunity to see Naper Settlement's gardens, including its own Victory Garden, which is in full bloom throughout the summer. Each month has a special theme including "Building a Town" in June; "Work and Play" in July, "Rolling on the River" in August that features the humor and books of Mark Twain; and "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" in September that honors the history of firefighting and fire prevention. The Naper Nights Concert Series, presented by Sikich, features local and national entertainment. In addition to on-site activities, there are off-site walking tours of historic neighborhoods and behind-the-scenes tours. Naper Settlement is dedicated to encouraging the exploration of history at all ages and interest levels, so there is something for everyone to enjoy at Chicagoland's outdoor history museum.
This outdoor living history museum is a place where the stories and people of our past come alive through award-winning family-friendly exhibits, special events and programs.