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American Museum of Radio and Electricity - Bellingham, Washington

by Coleman


When I grow up, I want to be a scientist. Then I can do science all day long. I wish there were more places for six-year-olds to see and do science. Mom says our house is off limits until further notice. I won’t go into the details of my volcano experiment.

Luckily Dad found out about a really cool place where I can do science. It has a super long name: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity. It has workshops especially made for “Electric Wizards” like me. If that isn’t enough, there’s also a “Static Electricity Learning Center,” where I can actually make sparks fly. How cool is that? Mom and Dad want to see Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century laboratory and the Titanic’s radio room. Imagine seeing the original Marconi wireless set which the crew sent their SOS message on.

Dad will get a kick out of seeing the last Collins Wireless Telephone. I’ve only seen a picture of it, but I can tell you it doesn’t look anything like our cell phone. I can’t wait to hear my big brother Nathan play “The Theremin.” Don’t tell me, you don’t know what a Theremin is. Think of spooky sounds like the ones in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” movie, or those cool sounds in “Good Vibrations,” that song by the Beachboys. Nathe plays an electric cello, so maybe he can show me how to make some scary sounds on a Theremin.


As you might’ve already figured out, The American Museum of Radio and Electricity is in America, Bellingham to be exact, 1312 Bay Street to be even more exact.  Mom promised me:  the next time we go on a shopping trip to Seattle we’re stopping at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity.  The museum is open from Wednsday to Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM.  If you need to know more, call (360) 738-3886, or click onto their website:  The American Museum of Radio and Electricity.


Bellingham, Washington


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