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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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Air conditioning? Of course

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
K R
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Harker Heights, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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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1 Thank Ryan M
Florida Panhandle, Florida
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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Thank Hall S
Florida
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4 of 5 stars 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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Thank KnowMyWay
Montreal, Canada
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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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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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