Exhibits

All exhibits are included in general admission to the museum.

Temporary Exhibits

NHootie and the Blowfish Drum Set at Naper SettlementHS|50: Treasures & Chronicles

Naperville Heritage Society's 50th Anniversary exhibit
In the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center's Naper & Heritage Galleries
March 7-June 19, 2019

Discover how the story of a pioneering grass-roots community organization evolved into administrators of an award-winning, nationally accredited regional destination museum. The evolution of the organization and the museum's campus now provides unique, inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages through live interpretation of the buildings, engaging exhibitions and programs, and an active collection program. For the Naperville Heritage Society's 50th birthday, this retrospective exhibit will include artifacts that have never been displayed in public before. Some of these artifacts are considered the cornerstone of our collection.

Woodstock: A Look Back

In the lower level of Pre-Emption House Visitor Center
May 25 - June 12, 2019

For fifty years, the Woodstock Festival has been an iconic symbol of 1960s American music and counterculture.  Advertised as “An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music,” the festival took place on August 15-18, 1969 and attracted an estimate 500,000 people. The Republic Bank of Chicago developed this collection of 50 images to commemorate the anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Naper Settlement is hosting this exhibit along with some fun memorabilia from Naperville resident Mark Rice who was a witness to history. This exhibit was created by the Republic Bank of Chicago.

Permanent Exhibits

Brushstrokes of the Past: Naperville's Story

In the lower level of Pre-Emption House Visitor Center

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's Center. Visit this award-winning interactive exhibit that chronicles Naperville's history through the artwork of local artist Les Schrader.

About the Artist
Les Schrader was born in 1907 just south of Naperville, and he never wandered far. The house his family moved to on Webster Street a year after Les' birth was just two doors down from the home he lived in at the time of his death in 1984.

Les was a self-taught artist. Throughout his life, he drew his favorite subjects - horses and Native Americans. By profession, he painted signs and created special furniture finishes for Naperville's world-known Kroehler Manufacturing Company. View more about Les Schrader.

History Connection

In the Naper Haight House

Our kid-friendly exhibit, "History Connection", is located in the Naper Haight House at Naper Settlement. Geared toward children ages 3 to 10 but fun for kids of all ages, "History Connection" is a great place to explore the past and play with history through a number of engaging, hands-on activities. Due to special events, there are times throughout the year that the exhibit is not available. History Connection is closed during Winter Season.