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John Gorrie State Museum

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Address: Apalachicola, FL
Phone Number: 8506539347
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A one room museum.

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This is a very small museum but it will tell you all you need to know.

A small museum that will tell you all you need to know about John Gorrie and his invention. Displays, a video and a well informed ranger will teach you about the time and his life.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bill H
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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband, parents & 9 yr old daughter came to see this gem of history while vacationing in St. George Island. The host was extremely polite, helpful & informative. It's a small museum but full of amazing history & information about Dr. John Gorrie whom I never knew even existed! My husband is an Engineer who designs industrial refrigeration &... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small museum that will tell you all you need to know about John Gorrie and his invention. Displays, a video and a well informed ranger will teach you about the time and his life.

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Thank Bill H
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The problems with dr. Gorrie's inventions is that during his life Gorrie couldn't sell anyone on underwriting his ideas, and two, his inventions, when actually produced made the South attractive to all those northern folk who've since descended upon Dixie's Land!

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Thank K R
Harker Heights, Texas
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Wow! I never knew this little fact about Apalachicola before but don't pass it by with out a quick visit.

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1 Thank 63Thomas2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Small but very interesting museum I have visited a number of times in my life starting when I was about 15 and the last time in 2015 about a 60 year spread. Seems to have more each visit.

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1 Thank Kenneth C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

It was very interesting to learn about John Gorrie. Small little museum but very educational for everyone even the kids enjoyed it. 10-17 years old

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Dr. John Gorrie developed the refrigeration coil while trying to find a way to create cooler conditions for patients suffering from fevers. His invention soon had him air conditioning the rooms of his patients as well as making ice! The museum features a full scale reproduction of his machine as well as historical information on Apalachicola. The good doctor is... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

only 1 block from our hotel so went. Unassuming building. Have to be looking for the unusual and off the beaten path.

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

There would be fewer people living in FL if it were not for this important invention. It's a small museum, so a short visit will inform and hold the interest of children as well as adults.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

The museum is set directly opposite a public memorial to Gorrie with a biographical marker, so you may want to first see if this satisfies your curiosity and thus save yourself a two dollar admission fee. Upon entering, you are invited to view a roughly ten minute video. As even the ranger warned, it is a bit dated and cheesy,... More 

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Thank Ken K

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