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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 32 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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Vancouver
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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280 reviews 280 reviews
62 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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Carnation, Washington
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86 reviews 86 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

We were interested and accidently entered this museum 10 minutes before a showing of their coils. The museum was cool (to me, a Tesla fan already) and had some really neat stuff (Edison's first bilb, Vandergraff generator) but the coil demonstration is not to be missed. If you like lightning'you'll enjoy. If you are a radio/rlectro fan this is Disneyland.

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Seattle
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The Spark Museum used to be the old Radio Museum but boy, with the full remodel, it's definitely a lot more fun. For an additional fee you can be shut into a faraday cage and have a massive bolt of electricity fired toward you: a friend and I did this and it was fascinating, a bit of an adrenalin rush... More

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Chilliwack
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

A really amazing place. The docents are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, willing to spend a lot of time with you guiding you through rooms of fascinating inventions and technology. You can kind of feel it's a labor of love. Definitely worth it. My son and I will be back.

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Pender Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I have to admit I wasn't expecting much, maybe a few old radios but I was amazed by the collection and by the docents' sharing of knowledge. There'r room after room of fascinating electrical appliances and inventions, some great educational displays and community radio station in the back. Highly recommended!

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Springfield, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is really a great place, with lots to see and some things to do. However, as a museum you have no idea what things are or what they're for. There are labels that name the items but generally that's it. The organization is a bit suspect; is it by time, form of technology of where it fit space-wise. Having... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Went for the first time in May and was surprised. There are activities for kids upstairs and throughout the museum lots of hands on displays. The first display a little long and a little boring until the lightening starts. Then the kids perked up.

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