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.To visit John Gorrie State Museum and other attractions in Apalachicola, use our Apalachicola trip planner.
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.
John Gorrie State Museum reviews
Informed by the helpful Tripadvisor reviews, we stopped off on our way up the coast to visit this very small museum, for about an hour. We were not disappointed. We were welcomed by Ranger Jeremy... more »
We were looking for something to do on a Sunday that didn’t involve the sun. We found this little place by accident. The sign said “Ice machine museum”. We had to stop. It’s $2 per person to get in... more »
Sun-stricken and sweat-drenched I stumbled into this small nonchalant building to pay homage to a man to whom mankind is forever indebted. I can live without food, live without religion, but never would I be able to live without air conditioning. John Gorrie was a great man and yet this museum does so little for him. On the other hand though, the A/C does work exceptionally well.
Well worth the stop if you enjoy learning something about the area you are visiting. Ranger Roundtree was extremely well informed and well spoken. He made the visit to the museum a five star. He was engaging and lively and we left we an appreciation for Dr Gorrie and his story. Very memorable
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