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John Gorrie State Museum

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Apalachicola, FL
+1 850-653-9347
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The First Ice Making and Cold Air Machine

Curators are excellent and the story is both uplifting and sad. That Dr. Gorrie would spend his... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Billy W
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Nashville, Tennessee
Very important man in Fl. and US history but very unknown.

The park ranger Jeromey Roundtree is excellent and enthusiastic. He knows tons about Dr. Goorie and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cecil M
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A one room museum.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Curators are excellent and the story is both uplifting and sad. That Dr. Gorrie would spend his life and fortune trying to bring relief to yellow fever victims. The when his invention was making ice only to have it blackball by the iIce King in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park ranger Jeromey Roundtree is excellent and enthusiastic. He knows tons about Dr. Goorie and the town. However, they used to have a really good video. But the state has done away with it because they want visitors to get up and move around...More

Thank Cecil M
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

This is a small museum, reflecting the (apparently) relatively few artifacts remaining from Gorrie's lifetime, so the state of Florida fleshed the space out with a history of Florida state parks and then staffed the site with a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic ranger. This makes it...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2018

The Gorrie Museum is extremely small and has a limited amount of items to see -- a scale model of Gorrie's ice-making machine and a few artifacts that belonged to Dr. Gorrie. At the time of our visit, most of the square footage of the...More

Thank ZamiaV
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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

Having a museum dedicated to the man who invented ice? (Actually he invented a machine that makes ice, ice being around a long time before Dr. Gorrie invented a machine that produces it, and some folks from up North might wonder why anyone would want...More

1  Thank Ruth B
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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

Park Ranger Jeremy Roundtree gave a great guided tour thru this tiny museum. He was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The side stories were as interesting as the Gorrie inventions. Definitely worth the $2 admission fee.

Thank cin r
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

We visited the museum just as the remodeling was being completed. If you don't know who John Gorrie is, you will soon learn how important he was to our well being today. They have volunteers to lead you through and they are excellent.

Thank peanutsNewYork
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

The museum isn't big but it has a great story to tell. This inventor is relatively unknown, but his invention changed life for the South. I won't tell you what he invented but if you go you will enjoy it.

Thank Cecil M
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

It is not a big place and the Library was closed. But, to read and see this tomb on an incredible humanitarian was impressive. Great history.

Thank Janet N
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

Very cool things in such a little museum, and learned a lot too! Me and my husband had a great time here!

Thank Megan H
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