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April 13, 2020

Naper Settlement Temporarily Closed

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 for the latest updates. If you have questions regarding scheduled programs, events, tours, and rentals, our staff is available during this time to assist you at 630-420-6010.

Naper Settlement will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 9 with limited capacity and strict social distancing and safety requirements for staff, volunteers, and visitors. 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 visitors, guests, volunteers, and staff members are our top priority. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you for your continued support.

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