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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.

"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.

Play with HistoryHeritage 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.

Currently in the Heritage Gallery: Play With History

Naper Gallery
Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery
Naper Settlement is proud to host this year’s 11th Congressional District Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. Congressman Bill Foster invited area high school students in his 11th Congressional District to enter their artwork for consideration. The public is invited to view this temporary exhibition from April 23 through May 1 in the museum’s Naper Gallery, located in Naper Settlement’s Visitor Center at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Awards will be presented to the students whose works are selected at a reception to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Naper Settlement.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists and judges select the winning entries. The winning entry will be sent to Washington, D.C., where it will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the Capitol Building. The winning artist also will receive airfare and an invitation to attend a national reception in Washington, D.C., honoring award recipients from across the country.

During this time, the History Connection exhibition has been modified. The full History Connection will be available to the public beginning May.

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.

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