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John Gorrie State Museum

Apalachicola, FL
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: A one room museum.
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A one room museum.

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Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Neat little museum about the man who made Florida livable - Mr. Gorrie indirectly invented air conditioning

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tampa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Definitely learned a lot from this museum. John Gorrie was quite a guy and the town has honored him in a very big way.

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Port Saint Joe, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

who would have known that the father of air conditioning belonged to Apalachicola. very interesting story a bout his invention in order to help his patients. have been here several times to share with the grandchildren this bit of history. not to be missed for history buffs!!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This doctor invented ice making in 1851. We ought to have a national holiday for Dr. Gorrie. I think it is worth the trip!

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Pensacola, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This museum has been a highlight of our trips to Apalachicola since my grown daughters were small. We have always gone to this museum and marveled at what Dr. Gorrie did. The museum is well maintained and well worth a visit.

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Shalimar
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This man, who was a medical doctor, invented the ice machine, originally to help his patients with yellow fever but it had a huge impact on the ice business and the population as well.

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Pensacola, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The history of where AC started. Awesome. Small and quaint Museum but great soursce of local History.

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Paris, France
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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

self-guided tour of this small museum. It is quite interesting, tho, and worth the time. Plenty of reading material. I'm not sure how interesting this would be to younger children.

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Auburn, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you're hoping to learn more about the history of Apalachicola, definitely stop by this museum. Dr. Gorrie's work is very interesting, and there are displays about other aspects of the city's history that will help you understand the place better. NOTE: The receipt for your admission at this museum will get you into the Orman House or St. George... More 

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SW Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Nice hour-long one-room museum worth a rainy day stop, if only for the explanation and exhibits on the ‘ice machine’ Gorrie invented. Other exhibits show 1800s history in vignettes and pictures and writing. At a $2 a head, great value and helps you understand the local history better.

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