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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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+1 360-788-3886
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Very Cool exhibits, a lot of HIstory.

Great for anyone interested in audio, radio, electricity and the history behind them. A huge collection old stereo tubes, huge ones! Make sure you get to see the live show!

Reviewed March 22, 2016
Field, Canada
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Field, Canada
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67 reviews
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Reviewed March 22, 2016

Great for anyone interested in audio, radio, electricity and the history behind them. A huge collection old stereo tubes, huge ones! Make sure you get to see the live show!

1 Thank AnomReviewsTraveller
Gig Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed March 20, 2016

This place far exceeded my family's expectations. Much bigger then it appears online. All the staff were friendly and informative. They put on a great educational show. Must see if you're in Bellingham!

1 Thank Dani333
Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

This museum is unique. There are so many things to see and do, especially for children. Some of the exhibits are not to be touched but the majority are hands on. There are so many old radios and articles that date back to the time of the very first radios. There is also a very interesting electrical show that the... More 

1 Thank harebob
Delta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2016

To see all the things that had to happen before the computer & cell phone. . . A REAL EYE opener! I took friends who said: "No, I'm not interested in that. . . AND Then I couldn't get them to leave!

1 Thank Rick-Pappin
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Reviewed February 25, 2016

I had a great time! I got so into all of the displays that I ended up spending hours there. There's so much history in one building! The staff were very knowledgeable, friendly, passionate and exciting. At the end we received a demonstration of the tesla coil, which was amazing! Afterwards the gentleman who performed the demonstration answered our questions... More 

2 Thank Sami C
Everson, Wa. USA
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Reviewed February 8, 2016

Very interesting. My grandkids were blown away.They even have a thramin, the instrument that made the Beach Boys song Good Vibrations so cool.

1 Thank glocke380
Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2016

Fascinating tour taking you back in time to Marconi and the first radios. There is also a radio broadcasting booth on the premises. Great vintage of electronic gadgetry that traces the development of radio.

1 Thank Raphael E
Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

This shouldn't be missed! Go on a day they are doing a demonstration of the Mega Zapper (Faraday Cage.) Be warned it is very loud, so earplugs for the sound-sensitive may help. The collection of the museum is beautiful & fascinating. Don't miss the old wooden stereoscopes (predecessor to the ViewMaster toy that you looked through as a kid to... More 

1 Thank DragonWhiskers
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed January 3, 2016

My husband, college-age son and I took a road trip to Bellingham for the day. We enjoyed a couple of hours at the Sparks Museum. They have an impressive collection of artifacts, inventions, gadgets and devices that tell the story of how humans discovered electricity and learned how to put it to use. Some of the interpretive signs are well... More 

1 Thank Debra A
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Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

My kids aged 8 and 10 were intrigued with this museum. You can show them old television sets, radio etc...the spark show ( every weekend at 2:30 pm) which is an hour long might be too long for younger kids but definitely interesting for kids 10 and above... Esp the Mega zapper that they show at the end! They also... More 

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