John Gorrie Museum State Park
John Gorrie Museum Limited Visitation
The John Gorrie Museum will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. The museum hours will remain from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. We will be allowing up to 10 visitors at a time into the museum. Self-guided tours will be available and we ask that you do not touch the displays or artifacts during your visit.
Open 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
$2 per person, museum admission fee. Children 5 and younger are free.
Welcome to John Gorrie Museum State Park
A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1830s when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce and shipping in Florida.
Gorrie was deeply involved in his adopted community, serving as postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman and bank director. By 1841, concern for his yellow fever patients motivated Gorrie to invent a method for cooling their sick rooms. He became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a mechanical device that produced ice. Dr. Gorrie received the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851.
Today, a replica of his ice-making machine and other Gorrie artifacts are on display at the museum. We are also proud to showcase temporary exhibits chronicling the history of the Florida Park Service, which plays a vital role in preserving and interpreting the Real Florida!