Visitor Policies

The following policies apply to any visitor on Naper Settlement's grounds and are always in effect unless otherwise noted.


We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, other visitors, volunteers, and staff. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Naper Settlement you assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree to the following safety measures.


All visitors must wear a face mask over their nose and mouth in all buildings, when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained outdoors, and when instructed by Naper Settlement staff. Please note: face masks (cloth or medical) are the only form of facial covering allowed onsite. Scarves, bandanas, and other single-layer cloth materials are not permitted. All visitors must maintain social distancing guidelines by staying 6 feet from other visitors (outside of your own personal visitor group) at all times. Naper Settlement will monitor the CDC and State of Illinois’ COVID-19 guidelines and will amend these required safety measures, as appropriate.


The stated admission fee is required for entrance to Naper Settlement. By visiting Naper Settlement you agree to all guidelines for visiting Naper Settlement.


All visitors are required to wear shirts and shoes in all buildings and on the Naper Settlement grounds, except within the Harvard Early Learning Playscape. Groups or individuals who fail to respect site property, or hinder the enjoyment of the site by other visitors, will be asked to leave or be escorted off the Naper Settlement grounds, without refund of their admission fees. While at Naper Settlement, cell phones and other electronic equipment should be silenced so that presenters and other visitors will not be disturbed. Talking on cell phones during building and other tours is prohibited. Smoking is not allowed in Naper Settlement buildings or on the museum grounds, with the exception of permitted smoking in designated areas during Naper Settlement special events.


Consumption of food, chewing gum, and/or beverages is prohibited in all buildings. Exceptions for certain programs, private functions or special events are made at the discretion of Naper Settlement administration. Alcohol is prohibited at Naper Settlement, unless it is authorized by Naper Settlement administration.


Access to certain buildings, or areas within buildings, may be restricted in accordance with Naper Settlement policy or the events of a particular day. Unless otherwise specified, visitors are not allowed to enter buildings under restoration, or into arricaded areas within buildings or on the Naper Settlement grounds. Baby carriages and strollers are welcome on the grounds and in the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center, Century Memorial Chapel, and Meeting House, but are prohibited in all other buildings.


Visitors are welcome to photograph our grounds and building exteriors and interiors for their own personal enjoyment except in the Brushstrokes of the Past Gallery and the Martin Mitchell Mansion. Flash photography, interior use of tripods, and delaying a tour to take photographs are prohibited. Videotaping or audio taping of educational programs by visitors is prohibited. Reproduction or publication of photographs or videotape must be approved by Naper Settlement's Marketing Department. The Les Schrader painting collection is under copyright, therefore, any form of reproduction of the paintings is not permitted without permission from Naper Settlement's administration.

Photographers wishing to use the site for commercial or special projects (i.e. publicity, sale advertising, media, or student project) must obtain permission from Naper Settlement’s Marketing Department. Only those proposals that comply with Naper Settlement’s policy, procedure, and fee structure will be considered. Visitors to Naper Settlement may occasionally be photographed and/or videotaped by Settlement staff or volunteers, the media, press, or professional photographers. Entry to Naper Settlement grounds constitutes the visitor's agreement to be photographed or videotaped and releases any claim to control these images, their graphic reproduction, or their resultant proceeds. Please contact us at with inquiries regarding commercial or special project photography as listed above. If you are interested in sharing your event, portrait or artistic photographs with Naper Settlement, contact us at for more information. You may be asked to submit a signed photo release.


Naper Settlement complies with federal, state, and local laws, including ADA and nursing mother protection.


Pets are not permitted on the grounds or in the buildings. However, service animals may accompany their owners. Animals related to Naper Settlement programming are allowed at the discretion of the Naper Settlement administration.


The Harvard Early Learning Playscape is designed for children ages 2 to 7. Posted rules are to be adhered to at all times and can be reviewed on signage within the Playscape area.


Solicitation of visitors and staff at Naper Settlement by any unauthorized group or person is prohibited.


In the event of an emergency, Naper Settlement staff and volunteers will provide direction to visitors based upon museum policies and procedures.


Unless authorized by Naper Settlement administration, motorized and nonmotorized vehicles and sports equipment such as bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are prohibited at Naper Settlement.

Approved by NHS Board on 09/23/2020, Motion 20-22