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Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

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Address: 1312 Bay St, Bellingham, WA 98225-4322 (Formerly American Museum of Radio and Electricity)
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and educational...

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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The amount of electric and electronic devices throughout history is incredible. Of particular interest is a functioning theremin and the huge Tesla coil Zapper.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Bellingham, WA
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Bellingham, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The amount of electric and electronic devices throughout history is incredible. Of particular interest is a functioning theremin and the huge Tesla coil Zapper.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots to see, many things seen authentic rather than reproductions. Exciting to see how far we've come in using and controlling electricity. A must see for anyone who likes history or enjoys antiques. Don't miss the special show on the weekends with the giant Tesla. It's a great show!! What an amazing staff!!

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Lansing, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was interesting - more so for my husband as I'm not a museum person. It did have some hands on activities and laid out fairly well

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Bellingham, Washington, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Something to "spark" everyone's imagination. Lots of cool "hands on" exhibits for the kids & adults alike.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw everything from old static electricity generators to television sets, but it does have a unorganized feel. Nothing whiz-bang but I learned a few things about sending messages by wire, seeing vintage radios, and B&W TVs from the early days. You probably won't be super impressed, but if you're in town, take a look and you'll probably like it.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

There are a lot of exhibits, but you do have to be a little technical to appreciate them. The condition of the older exhibits is very good. They do have some good hands on exhibits. It was worth delaying our departure from Bellingham to visit the museum. The show was very good. The museum is somehow connected with a local... More 

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Camano Island, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

I wanted to go see this place due to the Mega Zapper. They only do the show at a certain time of day. We entered about an hour before the show and took a look around, they do have some interesting things but unless you are really into that stuff it is just okay. I found the old TV's and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We are locals in Bellingham, and one day we decided after all the times we've walked by the museum that we need to stop in and have a look. It was well worth it! There is so much to see in there, just tons of neat old machines and equipment relating to the beginning of electricity. There are also quite... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

A well thought-out museum devoted to electrical invention, but disappointed in how 'traditional' a museum it was. Lots of delicate things you're not supposed to touch. For the price, I would definitely pass until my kids - 3 & 6 YOs - are maybe five years older.

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Bellingham, Wa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The Spark Museum is a collection of Radios, Televisions and early musical and electronic devises ranging from the earliest day forward. You'll see an extraordinary number of pristine radios many of which are still working. On the weekend there is a show performed about the beginnings of electricity with demonstrations of Tesla coils. There is also an onsite radio station,... More 

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