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Naper Settlement

523 S Webster St, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-6010
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Naperville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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chicago Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

In the heart of tony Naperville is a small park out of the 1800's. Adjacent to the more famous riverwalk, the settlement is a recreation of the founding of the town, starting with the first tiny log cabin to the massive Mitchell mansion. The enclave includes a schoolhouse, blacksmith store, a post office, and a picture perfect chapel which is... More 

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Aurora, IL
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Although I have driven by Naper Settlement for over 50 years, this was my first visit. I was amazed at the number of buildings that were available to tour. We were fortunate to have a docent lead a tour through the mansion. It was wonderful. Since many of us were products of the one room school, we were especially impressed... More 

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Galway, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Naper Settlement is a 12-acre outdoor history museum located in the heart of Naperville's downtown. The time period represented here ranges from Naperville's original settlement circa 1831 through the early 20th century. Thirty historical buildings are located on this site, many having been moved here from their original locations and refurbished in a style befitting their original time periods. that... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We especially enjoyed learning about the Naper family and five other families settling in the area, first known as Naper's Settlement, which later became a part of DuPage County. Joseph Naper platted the town of Naperville. He was one of the stockholders and operated a lumber mill that provided the wooden planks for the "Old Plank Road" that improved transportation... More 

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Aurora, Illinois, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The settlement is not only a museum of the areas settlers containing many historic buildings, but also a place for year round activities to take place. Civil war days, Summer concerts, Beer fest, All Hallows Eve, ect.. The admission is a bit high, but get a members pass for the year and it is well worth it! Food and drink... More 

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Olney, Maryland
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I thought the ten dollar admission was a bit high. The best part of the tour (self guided) was the Victorian mansion, because that part did have a tour guide and several times to choose from. The men who were working at the Blacksmith Shop were very friendly and informative. I was disappointed we couldn't see the inside of the... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Took a look at some of the old homes and fort there while at a Powwow that was on the grounds. It is nice to see how people used to live. It really makes you appreciate space and technology.

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Mattoon, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stopped by Naper Settlement on a recent visit to my brother's house. I didn't know anything about the history of Naperville, but it was really quite interesting! Lots of really cool original buildings as well as activities for the kids, reenactments and more.

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Naperville, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I can't say enough good things about The Settlement! It is a great place for history buffs, for simple entertainment, all ages, and especially great for kids! It is a place that has REAL historic buildings, most with costumed docents who will give you information on the building, its use, inhabitants, the history of the period in which it was... More 

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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Manned by enthusiastic volunteers for the tours, this place has a number of "old timey" things that kids are not likely to have seen inn their lifetimes without visiting a place like this. Train car, smithy shop, various displays of living during these times. Very small location, so you can bring younger kids and older grandparents if they walk at... More 

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