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“Fun for kids and adults” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

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
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
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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.
Bellingham, Washington
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“Fun for kids and adults”
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.

Visited May 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“OMG...This place ROX!”
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!

Visited August 2013
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“See the MegaZapper show!”
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 seeing the MegaZapper show, it's very entertaining and educational. My husband paid extra to go inside the cage o be zapped. Very exciting!

Visited March 2013
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“Good family activity”
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.

Visited June 2013
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“A fun experience but don't go without seeing the show”
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 pretty much non-electric but in which the kids we were with (ages 9 an 10) had lots of fun.

However, the high spot of the place is the MegaZapper Show in which you get to witness huge sparks being made and light bulbs lighting up with no wires connected. In the finale your mad-scientist host withstands 4 million volts generated by the Zapper. Our grandsons enjoyed the show but it is very loud at times and it took them pretty close to the edge of what they could tolerate. Fortunately, when it was over they could run back upstairs to play!

In summary, I definitely wouldn't pay to go here unless I planned to go to the show. With the show it is a fun afternoon's entertainment couple with some good science. All the docents are knowledgeable and do a good job of explaining what they are demonstrating.

Visited July 2013
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