What are the museum's hours? Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
How long does a visit take? Visits typically range from one to three hours, but guests have been known to stay even longer!
Can I re-enter the museum after lunch or a walk in the park? Yes. Guests are given a hand stamp that entitles them to re-entry for the day.
What forms of payment do you accept? We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Cards.
Do you sell gift certificates? No. At this time, the Cade does not sell gift certificates.
Is the Cade a children's museum? No, the Cade Museum is not a children’s museum. We welcome all ages, but our offerings are programmed for ages 5 and up. Our exhibits, experiences, and programs have been designed to engage specific ages and interests. In addition, for liability reasons, activities in our labs are geared towards actively enrolled students, kindergarten, and higher education. Adult programming is available throughout our rotunda, exhibits, and special events.
May I drop my children off at the museum unattended? Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Does the Cade offer programming for ages 4 and under? The Little Sparks program, geared toward ages 0-4, takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:15am.
Is there food available at the Cade? No, we do not sell food; however, within easy walking distance of the Cade in Depot Park are a variety of restaurants including Parkside Convenience (sandwiches), Goldie's (burgers), Humble (pizza), and food trucks (depending on the day).
May I bring food inside the building? No, but there are several seating areas just outside our building where you may eat. The Cade Museum is located in the scenic Depot Park, which makes a great place for a picnic.
Does the museum have a lost and found? Yes. You can call the museum at 352-371-8001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a lost item. While at the museum, please visit the Front Desk for any misplaced items. Items turned into our Lost and Found will be kept for 30 days.
Do you allow animals? Only service animals are permitted.
Can I use a stroller inside the museum? We do not allow strollers in our Creativity Lab or Fab Lab spaces. We have designated stroller parking inside the museum.
Is there a diaper changing station at the museum? Yes. Our restroom facilities have diaper changing stations.
What are the benefits of becoming a member? + FREE admission to the Cade Museum for a full year. + 10% off in the Museum's Loot Lab (gift shop). + Discounts on weekly programs, camps, and special events. + Monthly newsletters detailing events and offerings. + Exclusive members-only events like first access to new exhibits and brunches on the Cade Museum porch. + ASTC reciprocal benefits at over 300+ museums nationwide. For members at the Neural Network or higher, access to over 1,500 museums and cultural centers nationwide through ACM and NARM. Click here for more information!
Is there a discount to purchase a membership after paying for general admission? Yes. Please keep your receipt and we will reduce the cost of your membership by the cost of admission for all eligible tickets. Valid same day only.
May I upgrade my membership in the middle of the year? Yes, you may upgrade at any time at the Front Desk or over the phone by contacting us at (352) 371-8001.
If I purchase a membership online, how soon can I visit? Your membership is activated the moment you complete the purchase. Please print the auto-response e-mail or pull it up on your phone at the Front Desk.
How do I volunteer at the Cade? If you are a minimum age of 14, you can be a part of Team Cade. Our volunteer opportunities range from Creativity & Fab Lab to summer camp programming. Click here to find out more!
How do I book group reservations? The Cade Museum welcomes groups to visit during regular open hours. All group visits are self-guided. Please click here for more information. We also provide field trips for school groups and summer camp programs.
Where does the Cade Museum receive financial support? Fundraising, donations, grants, corporate sponsorships, and pledges. We have had several campaigns over the last 13 years led by Phoebe Miles, the Cade Museum’s Founder and daughter of Dr. J. Robert Cade. Her efforts have raised over $14 million through various grants and donations to break ground and complete construction of our 21,000 square foot facility. The Cade Museum depends on donations, grants, sponsorships and other financial support. Please keep in mind we are a non-profit organization with no direct ties to the University of Florida or Gatorade. Gatorade is owned by PepsiCo.
What is the relationship between the Cade Museum, the University of Florida, and Gatorade? The University of Florida has played a historical role in the creation of Gatorade. Dr. Cade, the museum's namesake and a professor of renal medicine at the University of Florida, was the lead inventor on the team that invented Gatorade in 1965. The University of Florida owns Gatorade-generated money, which is used for research in the College of Medicine.
The Cade Museum's Sweat Solution exhibit uses the story of the invention of Gatorade to help visitors understand how an invention goes from a big idea to a marketplace product. While the Cade is not affiliated with the University of Florida and does not receive funding from UF or the State, the Cade does work closely with the University on programming. For example, many of the Cade's featured inventors in programs like Meet an Inventor and the Living Inventor Series showcase UF inventions that received Gatorade funding and royalties.
The Cade Museum is a public 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The museum is not funded by the University of Florida nor the State of Florida. Because of our name and our relationship to Gatorade, many people mistakenly assume that the institution’s financial needs are met. Although Dr. Cade did grant the institution a partial Gatorade trust unit, it covers only 13% of the museum’s operations. Other crucial funding must be generated through museum operations, grants, and individual gifts.
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