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John Gorrie State Museum

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Address: Apalachicola, FL
Phone Number:
8506539347
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Hours:
Thu - Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Description:

A one room museum.

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An interesting state park showcasing Dr. John Gorrie, the inventor of the ice machine!

A fun, sweet place to visit. Very small, the ranger is nice and knowledgeable. Interesting historical artifacts and photos.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Yulee, Florida
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Yulee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fun, sweet place to visit. Very small, the ranger is nice and knowledgeable. Interesting historical artifacts and photos.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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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Thank Mamaof1beauty
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 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 3 August 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 31 July 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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 26 July 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 10 July 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

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