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Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

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Address: 1312 Bay St, Bellingham, WA (Formerly American Museum of Radio and Electricity)
Phone Number: +1 360-788-3886
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and...
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2013
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Pender Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

I loved this museum...in 20+ years of going to B'ham I had never gone...Man was I missing out. They have so much stuff tracking the history of electronics...Marconi radios, early tubes and even those crazy Victorola phonographs that actually play..a Sarnoff speaker, and don't miss the show where they zap stuff....fun for all ages!

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Bellingham
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I are local and we finally decided to go check out this museum. There is a little room with some hands-on experiment type stuff in it, that was pretty fun. Otherwise, some of the other things get a slightly boring. We did flag down an employee to show us how the old phonographs worked. I highly recommend... More 

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New York, NY
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286 reviews 286 reviews
45 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

One does not have to be super interested in science to enjoy and learn from this interesting little museum. All three generations of my family enjoyed our visit.

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Madison, South Dakota
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322 reviews 322 reviews
181 attraction reviews
328 helpful votes 328 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a fun little museum that focuses on electricity and its history. Most of the exhibits are pretty dry and lack interactivity. But there is a room where kids can rub plastic sticks with fur and discover static electricity and in which docents make sparks and demonstrate stuff. Upstairs is a workshop area, with a separate admission, that is... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

If you can make it on the weekend don't miss the MegaZapper show. The hands on exhibits and show was fun for the kids. The staff was very helpful in setting expectations on noise levels during the show and making sure the kids were ready for a dark room full of loud noises and flashing bolts of electricity. It is... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

A friend and I visited here on a weekend trip and it was great! Jim walked us through the whole museum showing us fascinating machines and giving us information about history that are best told rather than read. There was lots to see and hands on sections that were a lot of fun. Great value and a must see for... More 

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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Alright, I have to admit, you dont actually have to be a mad scientist to enjoy this place. This fully interactive hands-on museum will delight everyone of all ages. We spent a good four hours and could have spent more. My advice is to take advantage of everything the musuem has to offer, make a day of it and don't... More 

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