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Naper Settlement, Naperville

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Naper Settlement, established in 1969, is a 12-acre (49,000 m2) outdoor history museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums that consists of a collection of thirty historical buildings and structures from the Naperville, Illinois area. Many buildings were moved here from their original locations and refurbished in a style fitting of their time periods that range from 1831, when Naperville was founded, through the early 20th century. Visitors can come for hands-on activities and tours led by museum educators in period costumes. The Settlement is situated on land bequeathed to the City of Naperville in 1936 by Caroline Martin Mitchell.

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  • No kids are over 18 and we were Looking for something to do and glad we found this hidden gem. Everyone was welcoming. My only complaint is that we couldn't see upstairs of the...  more »
  • I was a chaperone for a fourth-grade school field trip and was excited for a living history experience of the 19th century with hands-on learning and staff in period costumes who would share their...  more »
  • One of the coolest little settlement throwback towns around Illinois. A very nice and distinctive area close to shopping and dining. For all the many years I lived in Naperville I never visited until somewhat recently. Great place to go and bring your children for a History lesson. They will soon appreciate your home when the see the log cabins of the day. The cabins are actually raw timber with chinking. Get out the camera grab lunch and check it out.
  • My wife and I attended the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock Celebration at Naper Settlement. The band, weather and setting were perfect. We and all who attended had a really nice time.
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