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Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Ranked #6 of 86 things to do in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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 massive lightning bolts! Spark Museum displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history. Come check it out!
Reviewed 21 January 2014

there are tons of neat exhibits to check out and this is a real awesome place if you are at all scientifically minded in any way.History buffs will like it as well as kids of all ages.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Nice museum covering the early experimenters with electricity up to the television age. There are displays of early experiments like Franklin's through the use of telegraphs to eventually wireless and then vacuum tubes. Examples abound of the various stages. The collection of tubes is impressive. Spark has a room with hands-on displays where kids or older kids can work the demonstrations themselves.

The collection of early radios is also impressive. A fun and educational way to spend a couple of hours.

Thank John R
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

I liked seeing the static electricity machines, the old tubes and tube radios, etc. We went to the demo which was a bit slow (and full of scientific disinformation, very strange, it also uses old EE terms that were misunderstood by the audience, e.g. "the electricity flows over my body" which makes it sound like water being deflected rather than current conducted).
There is nothing about the transition from tubes to transistors (even what a transistor is) to ICs. Storage stops at Leyden jars and batteries.
So, between the science disinformation and ending the story in 1920s, it's a very poor instructional musuem.

Thank astrolake
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Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

We were interested and accidently entered this museum 10 minutes before a showing of their coils. The museum was cool (to me, a Tesla fan already) and had some really neat stuff (Edison's first bilb, Vandergraff generator) but the coil demonstration is not to be missed. If you like lightning'you'll enjoy. If you are a radio/rlectro fan this is Disneyland.

Thank Andy C
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Reviewed 13 November 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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