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John Gorrie State Museum

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Address: Apalachicola, FL
Phone Number: 8506539347
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A one room museum.

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The Origin of Air-conditioning

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Florida
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

This small museum features a short hokey movie about Dr. Gorrie, and his place in history, but was very well staffed by an enthusiastic State Park Ranger who helped explain the significance of the exhibits and displays. Her knowledge made this a worthwhile stop, and this was a good introduction to the local history. Take an hour and enjoy.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

There's not a lot there, but it's worth a stop. The video is interesting, there is a model of the ice machine, it's pretty remarkable how he came up with that concept. The park ranger we talked to was very nice, added a lot of helpful information.

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1 Thank Bill O
Saint Louis
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

There are some parts that are very good. The movie about him is very good and seeing his ice machine is too. But that is about it. I did learn some things though.

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1 Thank Jill D
Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

What a remarkable man Dr. Gorrie was, and how much a debt of gratitude we all owe him for our modern comfort and health. The museum showcases the invention of Dr. Gorrie (ice making) and how he invented it to comfort those afflicted with Yellow Fever. The museum also discusses other local Apalachicola history as well. As of this writing,... More 

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1 Thank CobbCoGA
Noblesville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

Informative and interesting tiny museum that outlines an innovation that filled a need, and, continues to do so today. What would we do without it?! You'll get a feel for what our forefathers had to endure prior to this invention

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Visited the Ice machine museum whilst in apalachicola - interesting hour spent learning about the invention of refrigerators and the positive impact they had on the community . Also about cotton. Lovely member of staff who just let us wander. Very cheap entrance fee.

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2 Thank sookie2015
Lake City Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

The state park ranger at the museum is very well informed and interesting. It is well worth a visit when you are in Apachicola.

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1 Thank knitnut42
Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

This little one-room museum mixes Apalachicola history with the invention of the ice machine and air conditioning by local resident Dr. John Gorrie. The exhibits are easy to understand, except for the model of the ice machine. Fortunately the museum attendant knows all about it and is eager to guide visitors through the complications. He also touted us onto some... More 

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