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John Gorrie State Museum

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Address: Apalachicola, FL
Phone Number:
8506539347
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09:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Mon 09:00 - 17:00
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A one room museum.

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History of Air Conditioning and medical care in one stop

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 August 2016
Kenneth C
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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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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 9 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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Thank Hall S
Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 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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Thank Ken K
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 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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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 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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