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John Gorrie State Museum

Apalachicola, FL
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Ranked #8 of 20 attractions in Apalachicola
Type: History Museums
Description: A one room museum.
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SW Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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shanghai
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

It's about the invention of refridgeration and from this aircon, the museum is very small and about 20 minutes would do it, but it was interesting

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

If you are ever in Apalachicola this museum is a must see. John Gorrie was a medical doctor that was treating malaria patients when he found out that cold air would reduce their fevers. He hung a bucket of ice under a ceiling fan filled with ice and it worked. When ice was not available he build the first ice... More

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Small but just what we wanted. Very informative. I mean for $2, how can you go wrong !! The Ranger was very nice with lots of local knowledge.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We went to this attraction for one reason: to pay respect to the person that made air conditioning a reality. Yes, it is small and won't take more than 30 minutes to go through. But aside from telling the origin of manufactured ice (which is a God-send), it also tells about the hardships endured by early manufacturers of the area.... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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15 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This museum has more than information about Dr. John Gorrie and it is very interesting and worthwhile to visit. We would definitely like it if this museum were able to acquire one of the original refrigeration items invented by Dr. Gorrie from the Smithsonian. The monument to Dr. Gorrie and the monument presented by the Masons is quite a tribute.... More

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Fort walton Beach, FL
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

There's not much there but we enjoyed seeing the museum. It's very small and not worth more than a few minutes but for $2 a person, we felt like it was a worthwhile stop.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I never knew the history of manufactured ice, quite interesting to learn of the need it filled. Now I understand when they say AC had ruined the beaches.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

C'mon - this guy invented ice and air conditioning. Modest museum that shows how he implemented it. It's worth the walk.

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Oneonta, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

A wonderful museum, but what an impact his invention had on an even more amazing state. Second only to Disney World for it's ruinous impact!

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