The Naper Settlement in downtown Naperville, Illinois offers visitors 12 acres of interactive, educational exhibits that explore the history of this part of the United States from pioneer times right up to the present day. The center hosts numerous programs, activities and special events and attracts thousands of guests every year.
Things to Do
- The Naper Settlement run a number of programs especially aimed at children. The Playscape Pioneers camp is a fully interactive learning program held in September aimed at ids between four and seven years of age. The Victorian Tea Party is meant for young girls where they can learn about Victorian-era manners and visit the Martin Mitchell Mansion. The Time Travel trip is a self guided tour that will take your child through the entire development of a northern Illinois town from its earliest history until today. Overnights and nights out can also be booked in conjunction with the Naper Settlement. For a full ist of their kid's programs check out their website.
- Family friendly special events are held through out the year such as the Settlement's Oktoberfest, All Hallow's Eve celebrations and Civil War Days festival when the entire settlement is converted into a Civil War Era Encampment where children can meet famous historical personalities and see how life was lived at the time.
Naper Settlement Insider Tips
- Go along on Sundays for Naper Settlement Sundays where you are entitled free sundaes along with full access to the museum's exhibits with your admission.
- The Museum is located at the southwest corner of Aurora Avenue and Webster Street across from the city of Naperville Municipal Center. Look up info on parking in the area and other travel tips.
- Active military personnel and their families are entitled to free admission between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Just remember to bring your military ID.