History comes to life through dynamic visitor experiences. Explore historic homes and businesses throughout the 12-acre museum campus where you'll understand the past and how it connects to the present.
Naper Settlement is a history museum located in the heart of Naperville. At the crossroads of experience and community, Naper Settlement attracts people from all across Illinois and the nation with award-winning, family-friendly exhibits. It’s where history comes to play! Naper Settlement’s Summer Season from April 1 to Oct. 30, is filled with birthday parties, picnics, ice cream socials, anniversary celebrations, music and family-friendly activities for all ages. Tour working businesses like the Print Shop and Blacksmith Shop, attend class in a one-room schoolhouse, imagine life on the prairie in the Log House and visit the Martin Mitchell Mansion, a spectacular Victorian home built in 1883. Summer season hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors, 8 youth 4-12, children under four and members are free. Naperville residents receive free general admission.
May highlights are Civil War Days May 17-18, where history comes to life with more than 300 re-enactors. June highlights include the Under the Stars & Stripes Family Camp Out June 13-14, the Settlement Sundays ice cream social that kicks off June 14 with free ice cream sundaes every Sunday through Aug. 24 (excluding July 13) and a birthday party for the Mansion on June 29, with cupcakes. The history of rock continues throughout the summer during the Naper Nights Concert Series June 20-21, July 25-26 and Aug. 22-23. June is also the start of Camp Naper summer day camps offering exciting and educational opportunities for campers in grades 1-8. August highlights include a Hometown Picnic on Aug. 9 and Naperville Plays, a collaborative event with the DuPage Children's Museum, on Aug. 17. Family Fun Land returns over Labor Day Weekend.