Lorin Lindell | 02/22/2021 | Attend |   

Get Charged Up at The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

It’s time to get charged up! The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention is one of Whatcom County’s most popular indoor attractions and they couldn’t be more excited to open their doors to the public.

“We are thrilled to be once again serving our community,” says director of operations, Tana Granack. “We’ve missed our visitors—especially the kids!”

Travel Tip: In 2018, the SPARK Museum won Bellingham’s 2018 Tourism Business of the year.  

“We’ve done some additional reconfiguring, to take full advantage of our amazing space, and maximize everyone’s ability to safely distance” says Granack referring to the newly modified front desk area, complete with a new protective transaction shield. “We want our visitors to be as comfortable as possible with these necessary safety measures, and so far everyone’s been great.”

Insider Tip: SPARK has reduced the number of people inside the show and the museum is working hard to do as many shows as possible while following all of the required safety guidelines. If you are interested in seeing the show, please call ahead to purchase your ticket in advance. MegaZapper show & general admission is $12 for adults and $8 for kids.  

But what about the MegaZapper show? The SPARK Museum is still doing their signature demonstration involving the biggest lightning machine in the country, a Tesla coil called The MegaZapper. MegaZapper shows currently take place every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  

According to John Jenkins, co-founder of SPARK, the show is out of this world. “It is sort of Franklin meets Frankenstein – science reality meets science fiction fun.” 

The centerpiece for the MegaZappr show for example, is the fantastic ‘Cage of Doom’ designed and built by world-renowned sculptor Ric Allen, and looks like something from Frankenstein’s laboratory!

Some of the must-see items in the museum include one of the first 26 of Thomas Edison’s first successful electric lamps made in 1879, one of the first color television sets ever made, the first telephone to make a transcontinental call and the Titanic Marconi Room, which includes the exact radio equipment currently in the ship’s radio room at the bottom of the ocean.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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