We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

John Gorrie State Museum

Apalachicola, FL
+1 850-653-9347
Review Highlights
Air conditioning? Of course

The problems with dr. Gorrie's inventions is that during his life Gorrie couldn't sell anyone on... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Chattanooga, Tennessee
D0n't miss this piece of history!

Wow! I never knew this little fact about Apalachicola before but don't pass it by with out a quick... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2016
Harker Heights, Texas
Read all 91 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
A one room museum.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good45%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“ice machine” (17 reviews)
“yellow fever” (7 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Apalachicola, FL
+1 850-653-9347
Write a Review
Reviews (91)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 89 reviews

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!

Thank K R
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.

1  Thank 63Thomas2016
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.

1  Thank Kenneth C
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

1  Thank Ryan M
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank TwoEggTV
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.

Thank Hall S
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.

Thank KnowMyWay
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...More

Thank Ken K
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...More

Thank HappyCamper32789
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...More

1  Thank Bill O
Nearby Restaurants
The Tap Room at the Owl Cafe
257 reviews
.35 km away
Owl Cafe
1,444 reviews
.37 km away
Hole In The Wall Seafood
611 reviews
.32 km away
Up the Stairs
199 reviews
.26 km away
Nearby Attractions
Oyster City Brewing Company
149 reviews
.34 km away
Orman House Historic State Park
164 reviews
.73 km away
The Raney House Museum
111 reviews
.39 km away
Apalachicola Maritime Museum
176 reviews
.38 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from John Gorrie State Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines