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Naper Settlement

Address: 523 S Webster St, Naperville, IL 60540
Phone Number: (630) 420-6010
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Ranked #5 of 37 things to do in Naperville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: History museums, Museums
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Chicago, IL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a great place to visit with the kids when you're looking for an educational outing that's also fun and family-friendly. The grounds are absolutely charming, there's a cute gift shop and a range of educational classes and programs that most kids will enjoy. There's even a beautiful, historic wedding chapel that's perfect for weddings or vow renewals --... More 

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chicago Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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