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“Plenty to see”

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Ranked #8 of 85 things to do in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
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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 November 13, 2013

The Spark Museum used to be the old Radio Museum but boy, with the full remodel, it's definitely a lot more fun. For an additional fee you can be shut into a faraday cage and have a massive bolt of electricity fired toward you: a friend and I did this and it was fascinating, a bit of an adrenalin rush and VERY LOUD. The docents were well-informed and more than happy to share information. They played various recording devices for us from Edison wax cylinders and pierced metal disks to the first hi-fi set. The collection of home radio cases is a lesson in the history of home decoration, wartime thrift and the taste of the average person down the years. There is a small set showcasing the first telegraphs and incidentally the Titanic. They also have a Theremin you can play. It's a bizarre instrument and the kids adored the crazy sounds it makes. There is a somewhat static set piece that explains Franklin and electricity but it moves on quickly with well-lit cases of collected radio gear from ages past. One entire stair wall is nothing but tubes. A voice-receptive oscilloscope was set up for anyone wanting to see their voice make wave forms, which was also popular with kids. Overall, it's a great museum as long as you enjoy museums (younger kids might be bored with the main floor and people with no real interest in history or technical concerns will probably be bored too.)

Thank EmmaSeattle
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

A really amazing place. The docents are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, willing to spend a lot of time with you guiding you through rooms of fascinating inventions and technology. You can kind of feel it's a labor of love. Definitely worth it. My son and I will be back.

Thank Raincoaster
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I have to admit I wasn't expecting much, maybe a few old radios but I was amazed by the collection and by the docents' sharing of knowledge. There'r room after room of fascinating electrical appliances and inventions, some great educational displays and community radio station in the back. Highly recommended!

Thank keinnon
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is really a great place, with lots to see and some things to do. However, as a museum you have no idea what things are or what they're for. There are labels that name the items but generally that's it. The organization is a bit suspect; is it by time, form of technology of where it fit space-wise. Having whined about the content, it is still worth visiting if you're in Bellingham.

Thank Norman S
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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.

Thank Susang48
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