Exhibits

Building Naperville: Tallgrass Prairie to Today

Opening February 1, 2022 
Included in museum admission 

Building Naperville: Tallgrass Prairie to Today takes a fresh look at Naperville’s storied past with an update on the lower level permanent exhibit space. Building Naperville touches on various themes including people and places and engages the visitor with stories, artifacts, and questions which have the power to educate and inspire. Sections of the exhibit that were updated include adding Prairie Band Potawatomi voices, a spotlight on the Naperville Lyceum, a new focus on transportation changes, and the City’s story of suburbanization.

Unvarnished: Housing Discrimination in the Northern and Western United States

Spring 2022

Launching nationwide spring 2022, Unvarnished: Housing Discrimination in the Northern and Western United States is an online exhibit inviting viewers to explore the history of housing segregation. By spotlighting the stories and primary documents of six communities: Appleton, WI; Brea, CA; Columbus, OH; Naperville, IL; Oak Park, IL; and West Hartford, CT, along with the national context, visitors will learn how housing discrimination often based on race, ethnicity, or religion was a large-scale system that began in the 1890s and intensified over the twentieth century. The exhibit will share how the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s resulted in fair housing campaigns across the country.

An onsite exhibit will open spring 2022, digging deeper into the Naperville story.