The SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention is an interactive museum in Bellingham Washington. People of all ages will enjoy the galleries and exhibits that demonstrate the development and use of electricity, radio and the related inventions that changed the course of human history. This family friendly museum features one of the largest Tesla coils in the US.
Spark Museum of Electric Invention
- Address: 1312 Bay Street Bellingham WA 98225
- Phone: 360 738 3886
- Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm.
- Price: $5- $12
- Time needed: 2-3 hours including the Mega Zapper Electrical Show.
Mega Zapper Electrical Show is Saturday and Sunday only at 2:30pm. Visitors must be 5 or older to view the MegaZapper Electrical Show and 18 or older to go inside the Cage of Doom.
Our Trip to the Bellingham Electrical Invention Museum
I recently took my 6 year old daughter, Chloe to check out the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham Washington. She had a day off of school and when the elementary school is closed for teacher working days I try to plan some fun and educational activities. The SPARK museum is only about a 25 minute drive from our house so it’s a great indoor activity for a rainy day.
Spark is a fun museum for the entire family. It is interesting enough to keep everyone engaged from small children to seniors. If you have an extra couple of hours in Bellingham, it’s definitely worth a visit.
This great little museum is located right downtown. It has all kinds of interesting artifacts and displays that everyone will enjoy even if they don’t consider themselves a “science geek”
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Since we were the only ones touring the museum on a rainy Thursday afternoon we got a guided tour from one of the staff members.
The exhibits are well thought out and the price is right, I only paid $13 for the two of us.
While walking through the exhibits you will learn about how Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod and his other discoveries about electricity spanning from the 1800’s through the 1950’s.
This is a wonderful museum for school aged kids to learn about the first innovations of electricity. There is also an upstairs area for children with books and games.
Static Electricity Exhibit
Our favorite part of the museum was the Static Electricity area where you can get hands on with different demonstrations and experiments. You can play with balloons and different materials to learn how they conduct electricity. There is even a machine you can play with that will make your hair stand on it’s end.
The Mega Zapper Electrical Show
Keep in mind that if you are visiting on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday you will not be able to experience the Mega Zapper Electrical Show which runs at 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Elements of the show include a variety of eye-popping machines reminiscent of Frankenstein’s laboratory. The centerpiece of the show is the ‘Cage of Doom’ designed and built by world-renowned sculptor Ric Allen. At the end of the show, up to three audience members (aged 18+) are invited to enter the Cage of Doom where they will be bombarded with volts of loose electricity blasting out of one of the largest Tesla coils in the country! 4.5 million volts of electrical potential light up the room as 12-foot lightning bolts snake their way toward the Mega Zapper cage.
Helpful Info Before your Visit to SPARK Museum in Belligham
Is there parking near the museum?
Ample off-street parking is available in a public parking garage at 1300 Commercial Street, one block southeast of SPARK Museum, for $0.75 per hour. There also is a paid lot next to the museum that is available on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Street parking in downtown Bellingham is $0.75 per hour and requires U.S. coins or payment via the PayByPhone app.
What restaurants are near SPARK Museum?
- Mallard Ice Cream & Cafe
- D’anna’s Cafe Italiano
- LA Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza
- Mount Bakery Cafe
- Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
- Woods Coffee
- Bayou by the Bay
- Aslan Brewing
- Boundary Bay Bistro and Brewery
- Old Town Cafe
What hotels are near the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention?
- Hotel Bellwether
- Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center
- Heliotrope Hotel LLC
- GuestHouse Inn Bellingham
- Hotel Leo
What other attractions are near SPARK in Bellingham?
- The Pickford Theater
- Mindport Exhibits
- Whatcom Museum
- Mount Baker Theater
- Maritime Heritage Park
Have you visited the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!