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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 #5 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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Seattle
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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8 reviews 8 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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127 reviews 127 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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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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Vancouver
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I had traveled through Bellingham for years without taking note of this museum. When recently passing through, I noticed the 'Spark' logo on one of the attraction signs on I-5 and became intrigued. I then checked the place out here on Tripadvisor and thought I might stop by for a visit. I managed to drop by yesterday morning. I was... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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59 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

there are tons of neat exhibits to check out and this is a real awesome place if you are at all scientifically minded in any way.History buffs will like it as well as kids of all ages.

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Plano, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Nice museum covering the early experimenters with electricity up to the television age. There are displays of early experiments like Franklin's through the use of telegraphs to eventually wireless and then vacuum tubes. Examples abound of the various stages. The collection of tubes is impressive. Spark has a room with hands-on displays where kids or older kids can work the... More

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Zurich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I liked seeing the static electricity machines, the old tubes and tube radios, etc. We went to the demo which was a bit slow (and full of scientific disinformation, very strange, it also uses old EE terms that were misunderstood by the audience, e.g. "the electricity flows over my body" which makes it sound like water being deflected rather than... More

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