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SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225 USA

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“where lightning strikes several times a day”

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. The Spark Museum displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history. The Museum is a center for education and enlightenment-a place where students can get charged about science and discovery while surrounded by one of the most significant and complete collections of its kind in the world. Following a continuous thread of invention and discovery, the Museum collection contains a wealth of unique and rare artifacts dating from the earliest days of scientific electrical experiments in the 1600's through the 1940's and the Golden Age of Radio. Artifacts from the laboratories of the early pioneers of electricity, from magnets and Leyden jars to Edison light bulbs, magnificent vacuum tubes, telegraph and telephones all are well represented. Thousands of radios are in the collection, ranging from the early "Herzian-wave" devices, to a complete set of early Atwater Kent "breadboards," all the way to scores of exceptional and beautifully crafted floor and table-top radios. The collection also includes rare music boxes, early phonographs, and many examples of radio broadcasting technology and memorabilia from the best-known radio companies and broadcasters. Other rare pieces include the largest collection of 19th century electromagnetic apparatus found in any private collection, and rare and original books, treatises and scientific papers by such authors as Gilbert, Newton, Galileo, Benjamin Franklin, Volta, Hertz, and Marconi. These texts illustrate the crucial steps and turning points in the development of electricity and radio. The Museum offers visitors a first-hand introduction to the wonderful world of electricity and radio, providing every opportunity to discover, test and be amazed. In addition to the six Galleries, the Museum features other popular interactive displays, including various Tesla Coils (featuring our nine-foot tall "MegaZapper"), which create dazzling bursts of lightning on command. Adventurous visitors are invited to experience hair-raising activities in the Museum's Static Electricity Laboratory, or even create other-worldly sounds from the Theremin (the first electronic musical instrument), and much more.

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Reviewed by
Landobaker

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June 03, 2014

Very informative museum on the history of electricity. If you have the chance the spark museum's show with the massive tesla coil is a must. It is quite impressive.

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Lesli Peterson

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February 17, 2022
Rated 5.0

This museum is fun for both adults and kids alike. Visitors can go through the events that lead to the invention of electricity and see collections and artifacts from the earliest days of electrical experiments through the 1940s and the Golden Age of Radio.

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Bellingham!

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SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

1312 Bay Street
Bellingham, Washington
98225 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun, Wed - Sat: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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