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Address: Apalachicola, FL
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A one room museum.

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Great bit of American History...

Small museum with exhibits on ice and air conditioning made possible by the local inventor Dr. Gorrie. It's not open everyday, so make sure you check the days. They also have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Americus, Georgia
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Americus, Georgia
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small museum with exhibits on ice and air conditioning made possible by the local inventor Dr. Gorrie. It's not open everyday, so make sure you check the days. They also have a replica of his original cooling machine. They just need a few chairs for folks to sit and watch the video. Very interesting part of American History right in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just the significance of Dr. John Gorrie's invention is enough to visit the museum. Without this invention, creature comfort would not be what we enjoy today!

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Jax, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small town, so you don't expect high rise buildings and flashy sites. On Monday, several other historical museums ( homes of influential residents of the past ), were closed. We stumbled on this home/museum, that celebrates Mr. Gorrie's contribution to the discovery/creation of air conditioning. There were some Science fair type projects, a student produced video, and... More 

Thank Brewer4
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum shares the story of the inventor of the first ice/air conditioner machine, Dr. Gorrie. Invented it out of necessity to combat the yellow fever brought by mosquitoes in hot months. It was very interesting and onnly cost $2.00

Thank Janet K
Summerfield, Florida
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

John Gorrie was a true American hero. He went to Apalachicola from the North to help cure yellow fever. In the process he developed a machine for air conditioning, refrigeration and ice making. He never received his just reward for this invention which he patented because Northern interests protected their sales of ice. Dr. Gorrie was also a doctor and... More 

Thank Larry S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A great historical view of Apalachicola and Doctor John Gorrie, can be obtained by you visiting the John Gorrie State Museum. I love the local history. A must see when you visit Apalachicola Florida.

Thank Evans K
Cape San Blas, Florida
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

John Gorrie was little known on a national scale but well respected locally. He was a giant in his field and especially where he was and during the time period. He employed principles of refrigeration we use today in modern systems. Being a chemistry teacher I truly appreciate this. The museum has a model of Gorrie's device. It really would... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

My interest in medical and scientific museums led us here during our stay in Apalachicola. The museum is small; but adequately tells the story of the birth of mechanical refrigeration. Dr. Gorrie is to be honored as a man who was driven to save lives. We all appreciate Air Conditioning. It was good to see were it all began.

Thank bulletsdad
Crawfordville, Florida
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151 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Very interesting place to visit. You will learn a few things for sure. We easily spent a couple of hours. Inventor of refrigeration and many other things.

Thank Byrdie122
Ocala, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We were a group of four senior citizens visiting the John Gorrie Museum on June 4, 2015. The museum was small, but interesting. The ranger didn't tell us about the informative 20 minute video. We had to ask to see it. We were the only visitors. He didn't offer any seating. Surely a state museum has folding chairs. It was... More 

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