We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Worth seeing” 5 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
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 32 Attractions in Bellingham
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
More attraction details
Attraction Details
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.
Seattle
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Worth seeing”
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 show (additional cost for the show, and only on Sat/Sun). Lots of hands on exhibits to keep kids happy while adults read about what the different gadgets on display were used for. Really cool little museum.

Visited July 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

57 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    41
    11
    5
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Bellevue, Washington
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Average museum did NOT stand up to name.”
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 boring and it was hard to find out what they meant. It took us about 30 minutes to get through and we were ready to leave.

Visited June 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Exceeded expectatons -- must see”
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

Visited May 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Beaufort, South Carolina
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“You have to visit it to believe it!”
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.

Visited May 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Issaquah, Washington
1 review
“Fantastic and kid friendly”
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 patrons to interact with their exhibits. A great place to visit for the young and old!

Visited May 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Spark Museum of Electrical Invention also viewed

 

Been to Spark Museum of Electrical Invention? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.