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John Gorrie State Museum

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

A one room museum.

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Interesting History, Nice Stop

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 May 2016
Orlando, Florida
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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.

1 Thank Bill O
Saint Louis
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Jill D
Marietta, Georgia
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108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank CobbCoGA
Noblesville, Indiana
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 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

1 Thank JQuilter
Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 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.

2 Thank sookie2015
Lake City Fl
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 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.

1 Thank knitnut42
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 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 

1 Thank humandynamo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

very educational for the whole family be sure to have the park ranger tell the historical importance of the region for shipping as well as the Dr. Gorrie stories cost is $2.00 each has nice clean restrooms easy parking

1 Thank Allen H
Mexico Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

I learned more about air conditioning than I ever thought I needed to know. Dr Gorrie was a bright physician. He saved many a life with his ingenuity. If you have time to spare - or history is of great interest to you - this is an interesting visit.

1 Thank Tuck A

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