SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, Bellingham

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  • So, yes it's a museum about electricity. And for anyone who doesn't actually have a clue what electricity is, you might learn a bit of basics. But mostly it's a collection of machines from the earlies...  more »
  • We went first to visit the museum and later had our child attend one of their robotics workshops. A great place to learn. Very nice teacher and people. Highly recommended.  more »
  • Excellent place, a gem hidden in the town. You can learn so much about the history of electricity and see the real stuffs as the developments advance. Very friendly and helpful staff too. Jim is the v...  more »
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  • Really cool place. There are so many cool things to look at, experiments to try, a small library and play area, and they usually do a kind of electricity "demonstration" which is super neat. This place isn't great for little kids though. Seriously, don't bring them; they'll be bored to tears and will touch all the things they are not supposed to touch. I'd say age 10 and up will have a good time. I could have easily spent at least half my day there, or more, but I brought a 5 year old, so...
  • Wonderful museum with a LOT of things to see and learn about. Saw a dad and son practically getting a private tour with all the additional info that comes with helpful, knowledgeable staff (we slowed down to listen in for awhile). Even if you aren't all that interested in the history of electricity and early communication the artistry of these early machines is worth a walk through.
  • Excellent place, a gem hidden in the town. You can learn so much about the history of electricity and see the real stuffs as the developments advance. Very friendly and helpful staff too. Jim is the volunteer we met. He is so knowledgeable and helpful that we really enjoy the visit. Suggest to budget at least two hours. Definitely will bring friends and family to visit again.
  • An amazing place where you can learn about the history of everything electric plus entertain the kids with sparks and shocks. Plus it contains some amazing one of a kind artifacts.
  • The collection is exhaustive. If you like looking at radio tubes, Morse Code signalers, and early electric machines, then it's awesome. I was particularly drawn to the early sound-recording devices and players, cylanders and victrolas and such. But there's an awful lot of it and it's tiring to look at. The big show, done a couple of times per weekend I gather, is pretty good. I was underwhelmed with parts of it and I think it could be a bit shorter (ours went overtime by a good 30 minutes) but other parts were incredibly exciting.

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