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“Must See On Any Visit to Bellingham”

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Ranked #8 of 83 things to do in Bellingham
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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.
Reviewed May 3, 2012

The museum has actually changed its name to Spark Museum of Electrical Invention but it is still downtown Bellingham taking up most of a city block. When I arrived in Bellingham 17 years ago, the museum was a little hole in the wall. With grant funding and healthy community membership support, it has expanded greatly.

Everything from old phonographs, radios, electrical devices of all sorts line the walkways through this place. They even have a member supported radio station that plays almost nothing but music from the golden era of radio. It can only be received in town, but it is a lot of fun.

Memberships are available as well as hands on educational classes for kids of all ages. It is part of a downtown core of attractions all very near one another including our independent movie theater, the Pickford, a hands on science museum right around the corner, a scale model railroad museum as well as plenty of art galleries, restaurants and clubs offering live music.

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Reviewed May 1, 2012

During our trip through the northwest of the USA we went to this museum (now called SPARK). Especially my boyfriend is very interested in electricity and when we read about this museum, we decided to go there. We're glad we did. They were in the middle of reconstructing the museum, but still we could see I think most of the collections. Even for me it was very interesting to learn about the history of the radio and electricity. But I must say we had luck because we had a great teacher (unfortunately we don't recall his name) who guided us through all the interesting parts of the museum, even to the studio upstairs of KMRE radio (no broadcasting at that time). Also he did a few little experiments about generating electricity (normally only for school classes). He had all the time for us, although I must say there were not a lot of people at that time. Also a few other coworkers of the museum gave a great demonstration, they generated a big spark/lightning like in a thunderstorm (see photo), it was really impressive to see. So we spent a great afternoon there in that not so little museum (lots of collections of radio,tv's, old grammophone players, all kinds of stuff what is connected with electricity). Maybe you think it's boring but even I found it very interesting, of course also thanks to our great teacher.

2  Thank Jacqueline07_69
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

We loved this place and the volunteers were amazingly knowledgeable so ensure you ask questions and have them walk you through the exhibits. See the Tesla coil demonstration! I was anxious to go shopping and had planned on staying maybe an hour but it was so fascinating, we ended up there for the afternoon. Now we just have to bring the kids next time we come from Canada. Make sure you have meter parking money as it is located downtown. Well worth taking time to visit!!! Fascinating is an understatement!!!

Thank LegacyLiving
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

This is a jewel in Bellingham. Great exhibition with Smithsonian-quality displays.

Thank CWB422
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

Newly remodeled, this place gives the visitor a glimpse into what it must have been like to be charting a course into electricity back when virtually all the equipment was constructed by hand. Allow extra time since those early inventions are linked up to more modern applications of the same principles discovered long ago.
Dan H.

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