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John Gorrie State Museum

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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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I learned more about air conditioning than I ever thought I needed to know. Dr Gorrie was a bright physician. He saved many a life with his ingenuity. If you have time to spare... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Tuck A
Mexico Beach, Florida
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Mexico Beach, Florida
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I learned more about air conditioning than I ever thought I needed to know. Dr Gorrie was a bright physician. He saved many a life with his ingenuity. If you have time to spare - or history is of great interest to you - this is an interesting visit.

Thank Tuck A
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is about Dr John Gorrie and his invention of the first mechanical cooling machine. There are models, dioramas, artifacts of Dr Gorrie, and a video which lasts about 20 minutes. Souvenirs are also available for purchase but credit cards are not accepted. The museum is open Thursday to Monday 9-5 eastern time and entrance is $2 per person.... More 

Thank MTravi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Good place to spend about 45 minutes unless you watch the accompanying video it will be longer. The attendant is full of knowledge and passionate about this history. It is really a pleasure to listen to him. We have found this about any worker that we ask questions. They are passionate about their Florida heritage.

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Americus, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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 

Thank Americusite
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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!

Thank gatortrout1
Jax, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 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 November 2, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

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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