Visitor Policies

The following policies apply to any visitor on Naper Settlement's grounds and are always in effect unless otherwise noted.


The stated admission fee is required for entrance to Naper Settlement.


Alcohol is prohibited at Naper Settlement, unless it is authorized by Naper Settlement administration.


Visitors to Naper Settlement may occasionally be photographed and/or videotaped by Settlement staff or volunteers, the media, press, or professional photographers. Entry to Naper Settlement grounds constitutes the visitor's agreement to be photographed or videotaped and releases any claim to control these images, their graphic reproduction, or their resultant proceeds.


All visitors are required to wear shirts and shoes in all buildings and on the Settlement grounds, except within the Harvard Early Learning Playscape.


Groups or individuals who fail to respect site property, or hinder the enjoyment of the site by other visitors, will be asked to leave or be escorted off the Settlement grounds, without refund of their admission fees.


Access to certain buildings, or areas within buildings, may be restricted in accordance with Settlement policy or the events of a particular day.

Unless otherwise specified, visitors are not allowed to enter buildings under restoration, or into barricaded areas within buildings or on the Settlement grounds.


While at Naper Settlement, cell phones and other electronic equipment should be silenced so that presenters and other visitors will not be disturbed. Talking on cell phones during building and other tours is prohibited.


In the event of an emergency, Naper Settlement staff and volunteers will provide direction to visitors based upon museum policies and procedures.


Consumption of food, chewing gum, and/or beverages is prohibited in all buildings. Exceptions for certain special events and functions are made at the discretion of Naper Settlement administration.


Naper Settlement complies with federal, state, and local laws, including ADA and nursing mother protection.


Visitors are welcome to photograph our grounds and building exteriors and interiors for their own personal enjoyment except in the Brushstrokes of the Past Gallery and the Martin Mitchell Mansion. Flash photography, interior use of tripods, and delaying a tour to take photographs are prohibited. Videotaping or audio taping of educational programs by visitors is prohibited.

Reproduction or publication of photographs or videotape must be approved by the Settlement's Marketing Department.

The Les Schrader painting collection is under copyright, therefore, any form of reproduction of the painting is not permitted without permission from Naper Settlement's administration.

Commercial Photography

Photographers wishing to use the site for commercial or special project (i.e. publicity, sale advertising, media, or student project) must obtain permission from Naper Settlement’s Marketing Department. Only those proposals that comply with Naper Settlement’s policy, procedure and fee structure will be considered.

Please contact us at with inquiries regarding commercial or special project photography as listed above.

Sharing Your Photographs

If you are interested in sharing your event, portrait or artistic photographs with Naper Settlement, contact us at for more information. You may be asked to submit a signed photo release.


Pets are not permitted on the grounds or in the buildings. However, service animals may accompany their owners. Animals related to Naper Settlement programming are allowed at the discretion of the museum.


The Harvard Early Learning Playscape is designed for children ages 2 to 7. Posted rules are to be adhered to at all times and can be reviewed on signage within the Playscape area.


Solicitation of visitors and staff by any unauthorized group or person at Naper Settlement is prohibited.


Smoking is not allowed on Naper Settlement grounds or in buildings with the exception of permitted smoking in designated areas during Naper Settlement special events.


Baby carriages and strollers are welcome on the grounds and in the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center, Chapel, and Meeting House, but are prohibited in all other buildings.


Unless authorized by Naper Settlement administration, motorized and non-motorized vehicles and sports equipment such as bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are prohibited at Naper Settlement.

Approved by NHS Board on 12/05/16, Motion 16-24