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To encourage exploration of history at all age and interest levels, Naper Settlement has several types of exhibition galleries available for visitors as part of their tour experience. Both galleries are included with general admission.

"Brushstrokes of the Past: Naperville's Story"
The "Brushstrokes of the Past" exhibit is a 3,500-square-foot permanent exhibition gallery. A combination of artwork, artifacts, historic photographs and interactives are creatively interwoven to share Naperville's development from a frontier settlement to an established 20th century city. This exhibition is open year-round to visitors in the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center.

Heritage Gallery
In the "Heritage Gallery," temporary exhibitions on a variety of themes and topics are produced that highlight different pieces from the museum's artifact and archival collections, local artists, collectors and traveling exhibitions. This gallery is open year-round in the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center.

Exhibit schedule:
Freedom: A History of US
February 15–March 12, Included with daily admission
This traveling exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from founding until 1968. Among the highlights are reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a printed draft and the official copy of the US Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten notes for speeches, and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr.

Community Roots: Agriculture in Naperville
March 27-June 27, Included with daily admission
Farming built Naperville. Explore the community’s rich agricultural history, and learn how changes in technology transformed life on Naperville’s farms through the 20th century.

Naper Gallery
children playing with Lincoln Logs in History ConnectionThe Naper Gallery is home for the "History Connection." Geared toward children ages 3-10 but fun for kids of all ages, the "History Connection" is a great place to explore the past and play with history through a number of engaging, hands-on activities. The gallery’s three play stations support theme-based play of Building and Engineering, Imaginative Play and School. Stations include a play kitchen, Lincoln Logs, reproduction 19th century dress-up clothes, wooden blocks, puzzles, old-fashioned school desks and more. This exhibit is located in the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center at Naper Settlement and is open year-round.

Virtual Tour
View a virtual tour of Naper Settlement to see its various galleries and exhibits.

Off-Site Exhibits
95th Street Library
3015 Cedar Glade Dr., Naperville, IL 60564

The exhibit case near the first floor elevator entrance features a chair made by the Les Brown Company, one of the factories that made Naperville famous for furniture-making in the 20th century.
 Les Brown Co chair
Naperville Bank & Trust
5 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540

The exhibit cases in the lobby feature memorabilia collected by George Pradel, Naperville’s “Officer Friendly,” who followed his 29 year career with the Naperville Police Department by serving as Mayor for five terms (1995 – 2015). The exhibit spans Pradel’s public career, and ranges from his campaign materials to gifts entrusted to him from foreign dignitaries and local residents.
A. George Pradel exhibit 

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