Because Seattle and its greater area are steeped in the history of technology, there is no shortage of museums paying homage to the industry. Below is a guide to visiting these museums this winter and inspiring a spark of creativity for you and your family.
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
In need of a little inspiration? Curators claim that “lightning strikes several times a day” at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham. Following threads of invention, innovation and science, the museum incorporates exhibits about electricity, radio, music, light, telephones and much more. During the month of November, they are offering a few different options to have fun and learn a thing or two about the history of technology, including an exhibit with the “MegaZapper” Tesla Coil, which produces nine-foot lightning bolts right in front of your family’s eyes.
For more information, please visit sparkmuseum.org.
Museum of History and Industry
In looking at how Seattle has changed technology and how technology has changed Seattle, this museum is extremely diverse in its offerings. One of the most popular attractions is the Bezos Center for Innovation, which is a permanent exhibit created to give visitors a hands-on experience in innovation. This November, the museum is especially excited to host Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, a look at Smith’s 65 years’ worth of documentary photography based in Seattle’s Central District.
For more information, please visit mohai.org.
The Museum of Flight
The claim to fame for the Museum of Flight is that it’s “the largest independent, nonprofit air and space museum in the world.” Incredibly expansive in size and subject matter, the museum houses more than 175 air- and spacecrafts, as well a library and plenty of other exhibits dedicated to the art of human flight and space travel. This winter, the museum has lined up an exhilarating list of events including a space course led by the International Space University.
For more information, please visit museumofflight.org.
Living Computers: Museum + Labs
A shrine to the invention and evolution of computers, the Living Computers: Museum + Labs, started from Paul Allen’s private collection, encompasses exhibits ranging from supercomputers to microcomputers. Recently added galleries include robotics, self-driving cars, video gaming and more. There is also an education lab on-site to help foster the imagination of the whole family.
For more information, please visit livingcomputers.org.