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Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

1312 Bay St, Bellingham, WA (Formerly American Museum of Radio and Electricity)
+1 360-788-3886
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Ranked #6 of 31 attractions in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and educational experience for audiences of all ages. Compelling, interactive exhibits... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Mexico City
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great visit for kids of all ages, including 80 year olds! Informative, well organized, very interesting with an unforgettable high voltage Tesla show. Worth traveling to Bellingham to experience it. Check show times and days since it is not a daily event.

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Austin, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Well worth a visit. We particularity enjoyed the demonstration of the old phonograph devices, radios, and telephones.

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Cheney, Wa
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157 reviews 157 reviews
12 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This place was fascinating from start to finish. And to think that all those amazing museum pieces were all on one place. It's mind-boggling to imagine collecting all of the displays. Everything was set up very well for viewing. If you are lucky, a nice older gentleman volunteer will hitch his wagon to you and you will get tons more... More

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spudmuffin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This museum is a must see if you have any interest in the history of electricity and the early development of what we now know as radio. The collection of early wireless apparatus features many unique and one of a kind examples such as United Wireless Telegraph and Fesseden. The museum also houses one of the finest collections of early... More

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Seattle
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were visiting the area and had heard of this museum. It's not huge, but has a substantial collection of different items that relate to electricity. Unfortunately we did not have the time to stick around and see the Mega Zapper electrical show, which occurs at 2:30 pm. So try to plan your visit so that you can catch that... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was in Bellingham to drop my daughter of at the Western Washington University marketing camp. At me, my daughter, and my mom were there, we wanted to explore local museums. The Watcom Museum of Art was AMAZING! We had heard that Sparks was great and so amusing, it wasn't. The show was average, but the things on display we're... More

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Denver, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This museum has to be a one of a kind. Unexpected delight right n the middle of downtown. We could have spent a couple hours if we'd planned. Be sure to see the "mega zapper" show

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
11 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Awesome, awesome place to visit! Everything you could ever want to see and know about electricity. Edison's original light bulb, the RCA dog, a fantastic ham radio collection and a giant Tesla coil! Lots and lots of history in a relatively small space. Easy to be overwhelmed so you go see what you want to see.

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We visited SPARK on a Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the Mega Zapper! We headed upstairs afterwards to the education center where the kids experimented with magnets, old telephones, a typewriter and lots of other neat gadgets. The kids especially enjoyed the static lab where they got to make sparks and see their hair stand on end. This museum encourages their... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A great museum to learn about all manner of our electrical history. It takes you from Franklin through today.

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