We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1312 Bay St, Bellingham, WA 98225-4322 (Formerly American Museum of Radio and Electricity)
Phone Number:
+1 360-788-3886
11:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 140 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 84
  • 39
    Very good
  • 17
  • 0
  • 0
so unique

this place is so amazing to learn a lot of different radios electrical stuffs very old I stop by here a lot of time to see and I hope some one enjoying as the same I do

Reviewed 19 May 2016
Bellingham, Washington
Add Photo Write a Review

140 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 140: English reviews
Bellingham, Washington
Level Contributor
66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

this place is so amazing to learn a lot of different radios electrical stuffs very old I stop by here a lot of time to see and I hope some one enjoying as the same I do

Thank pocketsize75
Level Contributor
103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

I haven't been in here for a good many years but they've expanded and changed the Tesla coil show so it was worth a revisit. I'll second the reviewer below: it's great that they have working examples of many musical devices from Edison cylinder on up and they'll work them for you (or maybe let you turn the crank). The... More 

Thank EmmaSeattle
Maple Valley, Washington
Level Contributor
28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

The 230pm hosted show is a great look at some of the more dangerous and interesting parts of working with electricity. It gets dark and a little scary for small children perhaps - and the warning about no one with pacemakers should be taken seriously. But otherwise worth an hour of your time and the rest of the museum has... More 

Thank Wolflord
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

The tesla show and radio history ! Best way to spend a rainy Saturday. Looking forward to more visits . The staff was friendly and helpful. Parking is always an issue in downtown Bellingham so plan on that.

Thank Helen N
Level Contributor
153 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We went to the museum to see their collection of old radios and stayed for the SparK show. It was great! Lots of audience participation and the kids were captivated. Well worth the price of admission.

Thank Don L
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

OK, not exactly hidden but an amazing collection of unique artifacts for a town the size of Bellingham! Awesome place to take friends and family visiting from out of town.

Thank David R
Level Contributor
101 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We spent a couple of hours here on a Saturday. Admission was $8 per adult and $5 per child under 11 and it was well worth the money. We were given an orientation to the museum and suggested place to start looking and shown the symbol to watch out for to know something was "touchable". There were a number of... More 

1 Thank mrsspikes
Bellingham, Washington
Level Contributor
44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

The former American Museum of Radio and Electricity is now known as 'Spark!' around town. A must-see demonstration of the Tesla Coil and its applications gets my high mark. The room goes dark, then loud and finally absolutely electrifying. Volunteers from the audience get to become part of the show as well. Nikola Tesla is my personal hero and really,... More 

1 Thank Roseventures
Field, Canada
Level Contributor
67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 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
Level Contributor
70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 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

Travellers who viewed Spark Museum of Electrical Invention also viewed


Been to Spark Museum of Electrical Invention? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Spark Museum of Electrical Invention staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?