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 …

SPARK docents turn group tours into experiences

“This is not a movie. We’re going to do this live, right here in this room, right before your eyes. Let’s go!” The docent stands in front of the dark room, his voice quivering with excitement. A group of visitors sit in rapt attention, eyes wide with anticipation. Suddenly, 4.5 million volts of energy light up the room as a …

In the SPARK Museum, a trove of early electric motors

On display at The SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention are myriad devices that tell the exciting story of electrical history, including a string of devices that walk visitors from the early thought experiments of Michael Faraday to the electric induction motors of Nikola Tesla: Faraday Rotating Cup Experiment: Michael Faraday’s rotating cup device, which he invented in 1822, is one …

Need a gift that’s SO Bellingham? SPARK has the answer.

It’s OK to admit it. You’ve been searching for weeks for the perfect gift for that special someone who LOVES Bellingham, but you haven’t had much luck and it’s getting down to the wire. Well, we’ve got your back. There’s not much that says Bellingham more than a gift from the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention (if we do say …

Why is THIS museum in Bellingham?

Alessandro Volta. Heinrich Hertz. Guglielmo Marconi. William Gilbert. Benjamin Franklin. Undoubtedly, at least some of these names are familiar. After all, these luminaries are among the most famous names in the development of radio and electricity. Believe it or not, the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham houses original books or scientific papers by each of these men, in …

Doctober Ticket Exchange

This October, the SPARK Museum is thrilled to be a Presenting Sponsor for five films in the Doctober lineup at the Pickford Film Center! Every October the Pickford Film Center presents Doctober, a month long event during which they present a diverse range of fascinating documentaries. This year, with over 50 documentaries in their lineup there truly is something for everyone! …