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Naper Settlement


523 S. Webster St. (Cross Street: Aurora Ave.)
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone Number: (630) 420-6010

This 19th century museum village offers visitors a fascinating look into the everyday life of the area's settlers. Many of the historic buildings have ramps and/or lifts to provide wheelchair access. The Visitor Center features exhibits, a museum store and accessible restrooms. Naperville's other major attraction, the Riverwalk, is located just a block from the museum.


  • Summer (April-Oct)
    • Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
    • Sun 1pm-4pm
  • Winter (Nov-Mar)
    • Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm
    • Visitor Center and Village Exteriors only.


  • Please check website for winter and summer admission fees and discounts.

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Street parking
  • Private parking lot-designated accessible spaces
    • Located at Webster St. and Porter Ave.
  • Nearest offsite public parking lot/garage
    • Municipal Building
    • Across Webster
    • Weekends and weekdays after 5 pm.

Public Transportation

  • Metra-Naperville Station, at Fifth Ave
  • See museum website for directions.

Educational Programs

  • Types
    • Lectures
    • Workshops
    • Offsite tours
    • Summer camp
  • Ages served
    • All ages
  • Disabilities served
    • All, no targeted programming
  • Note: Approach is inclusive. For summer camp, certified teachers take guidance from parents in accommodating children with cognitive disabilities

Hearing >>  

Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Sign language interpretation-on request, advance notice required
  • Strobe alarms in public areas and restrooms-Visitor Center
  • Elevator has visual indicators
  • Public phone with volume control
  • Note: Map with descriptions of each building available at ticketing

<< Info Vision >>  

Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Recorded audio tour
    • Languages-English
  • Guided tour/orientation
    • On request
    • Advance notice required
  • Exhibit labels-large print/high contrast/non-glossy labels for exhibits
  • Interior signage-large print/high contrast/non-glare
  • Height clearance at least 80"
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel
  • Braille/tactile signage-restroom, elevator controls, hoistways
  • Elevator has audible indicators
  • Nearest grassy/dog relief area
    • Throughout site

<< Hearing Mobility >>  

Note: A number of capital projects are underway at Naper Settlement so additional areas may be accessible at the time of your visit.


  • Ramped entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

Assistive Equipment for People with Physical Disabilities

  • Wheelchair
  • Available from ticketing

Interior Access for Historic Buildings

  • Level access
    • Murray House (28" door, 1" threshold)
    • Blacksmith Shop
    • Firehouse
    • Schoolhouse
    • Red Barn
    • Log House
    • Grey Storefront
  • Ramped access
    • Chapel
    • Post Office
    • Print Shop
    • Meeting House
  • Platform lift
    • Chapel
    • Mansion
    • Daniels House
    • Halfway House
    • Meeting House lower level
  • Inaccessible areas
    • Stonecarver's Shop
    • Conestoga Wagon
    • Bandstand
    • Upper floors in Mansion, Murray House, Halfway House, Log Cabin
  • Notes: Photo tour albums available on request for inaccessible upper floors.

Exterior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Stable/non-slip surface
  • Surface material-asphalt, brick
  • Steep slopes in some areas
    • Mansion
    • Parking lot

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Visitor Center
  • Brochure rack
  • Museum store
    • 36" max. counter or section
    • Space to turn/maneuver
    • Sells snacks, drinks, ice cream bars
  • Outdoor patio with accessible tables
  • Seating-chairs with arms
  • Public Phone-54" max. to top control for side approach
  • Drinking Fountain

Performance Spaces

  • Name/Location-Tavern, Meeting House, Chapel
  • Wheelchair spaces available

Exhibits-Visitor Center

  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Freestanding cases 36"-39" max.
  • Wall hung displays 54" to center line-most
  • Interactive displays are wheelchair accessible
  • Labels are viewable from seated position


  • Door clearance at least 36"
  • Car size at least 54" x 80" with centered door or 54" x 68" with side door
  • Elevator controls 54" or less
  • Notes: In Visitor Center

<< Vision Restroom >>  


  • Men's and Women's
  • Location-Lower level, Visitor Center
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out or has clearance beyond door swing
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Soap/vending within reach-48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Notes:
    • Lower level restroom has better access than main level
    • Unisex/accessible restroom located in Red Barn
    • Accessible restrooms also in Grey Storefront

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