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John Gorrie State Museum

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Informative tour of the inventor of air conditioning.

We really enjoyed our tour with our young guide. We had both been to the museum in the 70's and... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2018
William G
Thomasville, Georgia
Who knew?

This guy invented air conditioning!!!! The tropical world owes him more recognition. Historical... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Knoxville Tennessee
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Apalachicola, FL
+1 850-653-9347
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 9, 2011

Why anyone else gets a Nobel Prize and John Gorrie didn't is something I will never understand. The museum is about 20X20 and cheap-less than a dollar for the kids and maybe 1.25 for me. There are a few dioramas and other displays, of which...More

3  Thank the5neumanns
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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...More

1  Thank Bill O
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

It's $2.00 Just go and see it to show your appreciation for the man who invented ice, refrigeration, and air conditioning. I guarantee it's the coolest spot in Apalachicola. He was unappreciated in his time, so respect him now.

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Reviewed September 15, 2018

We really enjoyed our tour with our young guide. We had both been to the museum in the 70's and 80's and learned little of Doctor Gorrie,but our Park Ranger gave us a wonderful picture of Doctor Gorrie's selflessness. His patients were his main concern....More

1  Thank William G
Reviewed September 2, 2018

For $2, you really can't find a better stop in the heat. Ranger Roundtree really knows the history of Gorrie's work and the state park system. He is incredibly enthusiastic and can explain everything in the museum, which is small. You likely won't spend longer...More

Thank Michelle D
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This guy invented air conditioning!!!! The tropical world owes him more recognition. Historical, personal and technical information is well presented. This is a small museum dedicated to John Gorrie and it has been well done.

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

One room museum tells Mr. Gorrie's story. Neat to hear that such a big piece of such an important discovery happened in Apalachicola.

Thank Missy B
Reviewed May 29, 2018

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

1  Thank Billy W
Reviewed May 25, 2018

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
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

1  Thank Don R
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
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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