John Gorrie State Museum, Apalachicola

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The John Gorrie State Museum is a Florida State Park located in Apalachicola, a block off U.S. 98. It commemorates the man who was a pioneer in developing air conditioning, receiving the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. The address is 46 Sixth Street.
The museum features exhibits about Apalachicola and the life and inventions of John Gorrie.
The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. There is a $2.00 per person entrance fee. To visit John Gorrie State Museum and other attractions in Apalachicola, use our Apalachicola trip planner.
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  • This is a small museum, but interesting. Also provided a lot of history on the Florida Park system.. 
    This is a small museum, but interesting. Also provided a lot of history on the Florida Park system..  more »
  • The Gorrie Museum was interesting mostly because of our great park ranger guide. She took her time to explain the history of Dr. Gorrie in great detail. She really took her time to give us all the... 
    The Gorrie Museum was interesting mostly because of our great park ranger guide. She took her time to explain the history of Dr. Gorrie in great detail. She really took her time to give us all the...  more »
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  • I gave this five stars because every state park is important. The building is half dedicated to John Gorrie and half to the history of the Florida Park Service. Both are interesting. I was hoping for more technical information on John Gorrie's ice machine and air conditioner. There is an interesting display of his patents and a scaled replica of his ice machine. Perhaps, as interest in this remarkable man grows, the exhibit will expand. If you are in the area, be sure to visit!
  • Yes, there is only a small section about John Gorrie, but the Florida Park service is full of its own history. The little building is just perfect size to house both exhibits, and I am glad that they included a section dedicated to the history of the state parks in Florida. You can find old uniforms, old brochures, and old photographs of the state parks through the years. Check out the neighboring grassy lots with parks and statues. You can even purchase a book about John Gorrie for $22.

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