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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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Interesting little museum

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2014
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
43 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
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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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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30 reviews 30 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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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