Admission & Hours


Beginning on Monday, October 3, the lower level of the Pre-Emption House Visitor, including the Building Naperville exhibit, will not have ADA access due to an elevator modernization project. The elevator upgrade will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. During this time, the elevator will be unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we complete this important upgrade. 

General Admission & Hours

May - September

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM  
Sunday: 1 - 4 PM

Monday: Closed 

Adult (13 and older): $12 
Seniors (62 and older): $10 
Youth (4-12): $8 
Museum Members & Naperville Residents (with proof of residency): Complimentary* 

* For instructions on how to redeem your complimentary admission, please click on the "Admission Tickets" button below.

October - April

Tuesday - Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, Monday, & Saturday: Closed

Adult (13 and older): $6
Seniors (62 and older): $5
Youth (4-12): $4 
Museum Members & Naperville Residents (with proof of residency): Complimentary*

From November to April, all Naper Settlement building interiors are closed to the public with the exception of the Pre-Emption House Visitors Center. Visitors are invited to explore Naper Settlement's exhibit, Building Naperville: Tallgrass Prairie to Today in the visitor center's lower level. The exteriors of our historic buildings are also available to view with a variety of interactive tours that can be accessed through the museum's On-Cell Mobile app.  

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Museums for All

Museums for All's national initiative is to increase the accessibility of museum learning resources to low-income families. Visitors can receive general admission for $1 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Link or WIC card with photo identification. ‎ Visit the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center lobby to receive your discounted ticket for entry. Museums for All is part of the Naper Settlement's broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all. To learn more, visit the Museums for All website.

Blue Star Museums Program

Active military personnel and their immediate family receive free general admission year-round with a military ID. For questions, please call 630.420.6010

Things to See & Do at Naper Settlement

From May to October, enjoy history demonstrations and activities, visit historical buildings, explore our Playscape and Splash Pad, check out our Building Naperville: From Tallgrass Prairie to Today exhibit, or view our interactive tours that can be accessed through the museum's On-Cell Mobile app. For questions, please call 630-420-6010 or email We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Discover our 13 Acre Museum Campus & Tour the Historic Pine Craig Mansion

Discover our 31 historic structures and view demonstrations from our museum educators. Tours of the Pine Craig Mansion are available on the hour and ½ hour. Please see guest services when you arrive for more tour information. 

Explore our Exhibits

Naper Settlement offers three exhibit spaces for viewing throughout the year in the Pre-Emption House Visitors Center. Building Naperville: From Tallgrass Prairie to Today is on view year-round in the lower level of the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. Visit our exhibits page to learn about the rotating exhibits in our Naper and Heritage Galleries. 

Play & Learn at the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape

Nestled in a replica of a wooden fort, the Harvard Early Learning Playscape is designed for children ages 2 through 7 to explore the outdoors in a setting created just for them. The Playscape playground and splash pad provide opportunities for early childhood physical, imaginative and social development while promoting increased connections to the natural environment, local history, and community engagement. The early childhood field emphasizes the value of nature to support a young child's curiosity, discovery, and sense of wonder, thereby promoting their growth in all developmental domains.

Attend a Program Included in Museum Admission

From storytime for early learners to in-depth chats with a curator, there is something for everyone at Naper Settlement this summer! Explore our programs included in museum general admission below.  Looking for our special events and other programs? Visit our event calendar to learn more.