General Museum Admission

Adults (18+)
Youth (ages 5-17)
Children (ages 0-4)
College Students
Cade Museum Members
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Note: Admission ticket(s) purchased on this page DO NOT include a time slot reservation(s) to guarantee a viewing of the Cade Museum’s newest exhibit, Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers.

To purchase admission AND reserve your time slot to Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers, please visit this link.

For guests interested in purchasing admission and reserving a time slot for Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers exhibit during Tom Petty Weekend (October 19-22, 2023), please visit this link.

A time slot reservation to Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers exhibit is not required, but it is recommended to guarantee viewing and access. Without a time slot reservation, the exhibit is open for viewing on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Cade Museum participates in Museums for All, providing discounted admission for low-income families, and Blue Star Families, providing discounted admission for military families. Learn more about eligibility for these programs visit:

Reciprocal Museum Admission

The Cade participates in the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program, the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Program, and the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association.

Group Visits

Advance reservations are required for group visits. For more information, visit our Group Visits page!

Group Visits


Our goal is to provide the most engaging Cade Museum experience within an environment that not only meets, but exceeds, safety standards. We ask that visitors comply with local and state standards, which can be found here:

Additionally, we are proud to partner with Violet Defense, Orlando-based creators of patented, ultraviolet disinfectant devices that eliminate more than 99% of bacteria and viruses.

Violet Defense’s mobile ultraviolet disinfection units, which are also used by hospitals, bring a clinical-level of disinfection into the museum.


The Cade Museum is committed to providing accessible hands-on learning experiences to all museum guests.

  • Service Animals: People with restrained service animals are allowed full access to the Museum.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: The Cade Museum, including its bathrooms and water fountains, is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or other assisted mobility devices. The front entrance of the Cade Museum (located on South Main Street) is wheelchair accessible.

Getting Here

The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention

811 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL

Driving Directions


Parking is free for the Cade Museum and provided in the following areas: parking lot adjacent to the Cade Museum, parking lot across the street at the Cade Museum Annex, 904 South Main Street, and on-street back-in parking on South Main Street.

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Take advantage of a special rate at our partner hotel, the Aloft Gainesville – a Marriott hotel. Book today.

The Cade Museum is located in downtown Gainesville, with a variety of local businesses just a short walk away. Search for nearby restaurants, art galleries, other museums, and more on the Guide to Greater Gainesville Directory. Visit the Guide to Greater Gainesville.

Frequently Asked Questions

I left something behind at the Museum. How can I retrieve it?

To inquire if your item is in our lost and found, please email us at and include your name, the best phone number to reach you, a description of the item, and the date of your museum visit.

Please note:

  • Items over $100 in value, cell phones, credit cards, and keys will be kept in the Museum safe. Each Wednesday, found items in the safe will be turned into the Gainesville Police Department.
  • For hygiene reasons, we will not store food or beverage items overnight and will only store water bottles for 1 week after they are found.
  • All other items will be retained for 30 days after the item was found.

When is the Museum open for general admission?

The Cade Museum is currently open for general admission Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm. The Cade Museum is closed on the following holidays each year: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

How do I become a Cade Museum member?

Learn more about the benefits of being a Cade Museum member on our member page. All Cade Museum members receive free general admission to other Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) member museums over 90 miles from the Cade. Members at the Neural Network level and higher receive additional reciprocal benefits at over 1,500 museums and science centers nationwide through ASTC, ACM, and NARM.

What forms of payment are accepted?

The Cade Museum accepts cash, check, Apple Pay, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Cards.

How do I volunteer at the Cade Museum?

If you are at least 14 years old, you can be a part of Team Cade as a volunteer. Visit the volunteer page for additional information.

Where can I find camps and classes for my child to attend?

The Cade Museum offers camps during school breaks for elementary-age students and weekly programs for ages 0-4 and K-6th grade. Our camps and classes are listed on our website calendar. For additional information on our camps, visit our camps page. For additional information on our classes, visit our weekly programs page.

Where do I park when I come to the Museum?

There is a parking lot adjacent to the Cade Museum building. Parking is free for Cade Museum guests. No overnight parking is permitted.

Can I host an event at the Cade Museum?

Yes, we rent out the Cade Museum facility for meetings, birthday parties, banquets, weddings, and more! Visit our rentals page for additional information.