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John Gorrie State Museum

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Address: Apalachicola, FL
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: A one room museum.

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Thanks to him you have ice cubes.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Crawfordville, Florida
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Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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.

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Crawfordville, Florida
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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.

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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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north carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

One room is a small tribute for a man that started the ice making process decades before Edison, Ford, and other great inventors. The size of the museum,the charge to enter, everything is smaller than the contribution. Worth a hour of your time.

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Lynwood, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

John Gorrie was incredibly important in changing how the south became a valued place to live. This is just a one room museum but does a good job of explaining the reason he worked on inventing an ice machine-in 1851-and its eventual impact. He died just four years later without getting financial backing for his invention but many millions of... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

John Gorrie State Museum is one room with divided partitions that chronicle the history of the first ice machine (predecessor to air conditioning) and its creator Dr John Gorrie. It has several displays that depict the process by which Dr. Gorrie finally patented his ice making machine. There is a replica in the museum. It is a self-guided tour with... More 

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South Dakota, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is a one room museum with very little going on. Yes, there is the story of Gorrie. But everything else could be pretty much read on line--information about turpentine and cotton. Not something to go out of your way to see. Ranger was knowledgeable, but I kinda felt sorry for him manning this lonely place in the winter.

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The guided tour of the museum was very educational as the guide had recently wrote a book about the Gorrie family. The guide was a wealth of information regarding the family and the house. Really enjoyed it!

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Apalachicola folks are proud of their history. This is museum gives glimpses into the past - worth knowing.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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

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Additional Information about John Gorrie State Museum

Address: Address: Apalachicola, FL
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Apalachicola
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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