Gainesville’s Cade Museum launches into space this summer

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Posted May 20, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida, has announced its latest summer theme, “Wandering the Milky Way: A Tour of the Solar System,” starting Thursday, June 2, and running through January 2023. 

With immersive experiences and hands-on discoveries, “Wandering the Milky Way” offers the “perfect escape from Florida’s sweltering summer heat,” according to museum officials. 

“The Cade Museum offers a learning experience that you won’t find anywhere else,” said Cade Museum CEO Stephanie Bailes. 

The new museum-wide theme will feature exhibit panels, interactive space-themed activities and much more. 

The featured exhibit, “Voyages: A Trip through Time an Space,” allows guests to learn about Voyagers 1 and 2 and how they are still broadcasting back to Earth as they travel farther into space than any other manmade object ever constructed. 

Families will also learn about Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), an American aerospace engineer, test pilot and astronaut who flew on the Apollo missions and was the first human to set foot on the moon. 

To get a sense of what it was like to take that famous lunar step, one activity invites kids, and kids-at-heart, to make an impression in a pile of moon sand. 

“We take a non-traditional, multidisciplinary approach to teaching science,” said Bailes. “We teach STEM concepts with art, creativity and play—and, most importantly, through the lens of invention.”

For more information about the Cade Museum, located at 904 S. Main St., Gainesville, call (352) 371-8001 or visit the museum’s website at