About Us

Our Mission

Naper Settlement creates community by connecting visitors to Naperville’s history through engaging, unique experiences.

Our Vision

As a reflection of Naperville’s history, the vision of Naper Settlement is to be a vibrant site that fosters visitor, community, and business conversations and enriching, engaging educational opportunities.

Our Values

Naper Settlement values education, preservation, quality visitor experiences, and community and public trust.

Experience History at Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is a family-friendly outdoor history museum featuring 13 acres of learning and interactive opportunities for all ages. Located in downtown Naperville, Naper Settlement is just steps away from dining, shopping, and the Riverwalk. Visitors are immersed in history as they learn about the past and how it relates to the present, from pioneer times to today. Highlights include special events and programs and activities year-round, both on- and off-site.


Established in 1969, Naper Settlement, through a management agreement with the City of Naperville, operates under the direction and governance of the Naperville Heritage Society, whose mission is to “document, preserve and interpret the community life of Naperville, Illinois, including, but not limited to the social, political and business history.