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Electricity is an amazing phenomenon. For centuries, it has captured the imaginations of people bent on harnessing its enormous power for previously unheard-of ends. At SPARK Museum, we like to celebrate not only the useful and practical inventions that have arisen from electricity over the years, but also electricity’s unique ability to captivate and enthrall. To that end, we’d love …

Tables are set up for a wedding reception in the SPARK Powerhouse event space in Bellingham.

Book the Powerhouse meeting space for a memorable Bellingham event

SPARK Museum is full of intimate galleries and exhibits, but there’s also a room — a rather large one, actually — where a good deal of magic takes place. We like to call this room the Powerhouse — it’s where we perform dynamic live action demonstrations for the largest audiences. Did you know Bellingham businesses, organizations and individuals can rent …

Where to park when visiting SPARK

Sadly, Nikola Tesla’s radiant energy teleportation plans still haven’t come to fruition. And since visitors can’t beam themselves to SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, they often end up driving their cars instead. Thus, on occasion, they’ll ask about parking. SPARK is a happening place to be, and it’s located on a short street in the popular downtown Arts District. Honestly, …

Tesla the visionary

At SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, we love to celebrate visionaries. After all, behind every electrical invention is someone with vision — someone with a brilliant mind asking the question “what if?” or exclaiming “I wonder …” Nikola Tesla, whose birthday we remember on July 10, is one such person. It’s difficult to delve into the history of electricity without …

SPARK Museum is built for discovery

Everything at SPARK Museum is built for discovery. Whether it’s from viewing a sparking, 10-foot-tall Tesla coil or from sticking small, inflated balloons to their heads, everyone who enters SPARK gets to discover the power and wonder of electrical energy. Truly, it is a place of scientific interaction — where people young and old can see, touch and listen their …

Museum honors Melissa Rice with inaugural SPARK Award at fundraising gala

SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention presented Western Washington University assistant professor Melissa Rice its first SPARK Award earlier this year. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to science education and advocacy, was presented at IGNITE!, the Museum’s inaugural fundraising gala. “We selected Dr. Rice for this award because she is someone who ignites curiosity in science not only in kids, …

There’s no field trip like a SPARK field trip

“SPARK Museum is everything that a teacher could ask for,” says Kellie Goodman, a third-grade teacher at Alderwood Elementary School in Bellingham. “It’s an engaging place for my students to come and learn and inquire about the world.” At SPARK, we often say that electricity sparks imagination. The simplest way to prove that point is to watch students walk through …

Almon B. Strowger: The undertaker who revolutionized telephone technology

Truly, necessity is the mother of invention. Imagine you’re an undertaker working in Kansas City in the late 19th century. You’re one of just two undertakers serving a city of more than 50,000 people, so business must be booming, right? Not if your competitor is stealing all of your clients. Legend has it that Almon Brown Strowger found himself in …