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John Gorrie State Museum

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Address: Apalachicola, FL
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Description: A one room museum.

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Unknown but a gamechanger.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Lynwood, Illinois
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Lynwood, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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96 reviews 96 reviews
44 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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43 helpful votes 43 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
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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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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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21 helpful votes 21 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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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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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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