The Naper Settlement is an interactive, outdoor history museum that tells the history of how life changed throughout the 19th century for old settlement villagers. Established in 1969 by the Naperville Heritage Society, the settlement and museum features 55,000 authentic artifacts, including household/industrial objects, furniture, clothing, textiles, paintings, sculptures, photos, manuscripts, and documents. It recreates an Illinois village in a sort of living timeline from the frontier days all the way to the early 20th century.
Backstory and Context
Exhibits at the Naper Settlement include Brushstrokes of the Past: Naperville’s Story, which features art, artifacts, and photos of the history of Naperville from a pioneer settlement to a 21st century city; the Heritage Gallery; and Play with History, a hands on exhibit featuring games and toys of the past. The Naper Settlement also offers summer camps, holiday craft classes, lectures, geocaching, and scout, kids, and school programs.