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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.

Heritage 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.

An exhibit celebrating our Volunteers!

Naper Gallery
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.

Off-Site Exhibits
95th Street Library
3015 Cedar Glade Dr, Naperville, IL 60564

The exhibit case near the first floor elevator entrance features antique irons from the collection of Helen Smith. In 2008, Helen Smith donated these fascinating artifacts of the history of the American home to Naper Settlement.
library exhibit 
Naperville Bank & Trust

The exhibit cases in the lobby feature postcards collected by Napervillian Steve Hyett. He began saving postcards 30 years ago after his mother-in-law, a teacher at Ellsworth Elementary School, gave him her fascinating collection. He tracked down more postcards from garage sales, flea markets and collector magazines for more than 40 years. In 2011, Steve Hyett donated more than 700 of his postcards to the Naperville Heritage Society.
 exhibit at Naperville Bank and Trust

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