April 13, 2020
As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, Naper Settlement is temporarily closed to the public. All Naper Settlement programs, events, tours, and rentals are cancelled until further notice with weekly updates as necessary. Please consult...
June 1, 2020 3:59 PM
Naper Settlement announced today it will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 9 with limited capacity and strict social distancing and safety requirements for staff, volunteers, and visitors.
The announcement and the museum’s opening plan aligns with the state’s five-phased approach to reopening the economy, the City of Naperville’s recommendations, and follows guidance from health officials.
All visitors will be required to wear face masks inside all buildings and when social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors. Visitors are required to maintain social distancing guidelines by staying 6 feet from other visitor groups at all times. A visitor group is defined as a group of people who have been social distancing together.
The museum will offer several new tour options that promote social distancing on the 13-acre campus, including guided tours of the grounds and select building interiors with no more than eight people in a group, plus Naper Settlement staff, following Phase 3 guidelines. Guided tours will be available on a rolling basis during normal operating hours. Visitors can also participate in self-guided tour options of the exteriors of the buildings using the museum’s mobile tour app.
Areas with high touch potential, including the Rita (Fredenhagen) and John Harvard Early Learning Playscape, will remain closed to the public with the goal to move towards reopening all amenities safely at a later date.
“The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is of the upmost importance. Naper Settlement has done extensive research and has created a comprehensive plan that changes the way we operate both internally and externally to the public,” said Rena Tamayo-Calabrese, president and CEO of Naper Settlement. “While the visitor experience may be different from previous years, we will continue to safely provide engaging and unique experiences that connect visitors to Naperville’s history.”