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Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

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Address: 1312 Bay St, Bellingham, WA 98225-4322 (Formerly American Museum of Radio and Electricity)
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+1 360-788-3886
11:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and educational...

The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and educational experience for audiences of all ages. Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage are featured in a world-class collection of unique objects including the giant "MegaZapper" Tesla Coil which produces nine-foot lightning bolts! The Spark Museum displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history.

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Go for the show, but enjoy the exhibits, too

We went specifically for the show (we'd been told it was good.) We arrived an hour early, and then easily spent that hour looking at the exhibits and playing with the hands-on... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We went specifically for the show (we'd been told it was good.) We arrived an hour early, and then easily spent that hour looking at the exhibits and playing with the hands-on interactive activities before we headed into the show. One of the docents who was working with the gramophones was particularly nice to us and had a lot of... More 

Thank TukeMom
Seattle, Washington
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47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Actually, we went there over 6 years ago, recommnended to us when we took an exploratory a trip from Seattle to Bellingham. Not hard to find, need to know the hours open, but worth planning to be in the town when this place is open. Fun for everyone, old and young, always something to see and learn. I said we... More 

Thank 2014lillian2014
Telluride, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Fascinating displays of vintage electronics backed by well done educational materials and displays. The array of wonderful 'cutting edge" radios an other simple electrical instruments was like no other we have seen.

Thank dgbreed
Blaine, Washington
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

If you want to know where, when, and how we turned on the lights and other things electric this is a good way to spend 2 hours.

Thank Dennis W
Bellingham, WA
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The amount of electric and electronic devices throughout history is incredible. Of particular interest is a functioning theremin and the huge Tesla coil Zapper.

Thank WA-Musicologist
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Lots to see, many things seen authentic rather than reproductions. Exciting to see how far we've come in using and controlling electricity. A must see for anyone who likes history or enjoys antiques. Don't miss the special show on the weekends with the giant Tesla. It's a great show!! What an amazing staff!!

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Lansing, Michigan
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2017

This was interesting - more so for my husband as I'm not a museum person. It did have some hands on activities and laid out fairly well

Thank Cindy S
Bellingham, Washington, USA
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107 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Something to "spark" everyone's imagination. Lots of cool "hands on" exhibits for the kids & adults alike.

Thank Martha1105
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We saw everything from old static electricity generators to television sets, but it does have a unorganized feel. Nothing whiz-bang but I learned a few things about sending messages by wire, seeing vintage radios, and B&W TVs from the early days. You probably won't be super impressed, but if you're in town, take a look and you'll probably like it.

Thank saulsnatsky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

There are a lot of exhibits, but you do have to be a little technical to appreciate them. The condition of the older exhibits is very good. They do have some good hands on exhibits. It was worth delaying our departure from Bellingham to visit the museum. The show was very good. The museum is somehow connected with a local... More 

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