Spark of Life

What is electricity? What did people from other times and places think about it? From light bulbs to comic book villains, discover the many uses and meanings of electricity.

  • Play a theremin, the very first electronic musical instrument—without even touching it!
  • Crank up a 60,000-volt static spark on the huge Wimshurst generator.
  • Check out an antique EKG machine and learn about the dog that helped design it.
  • Trace the history of electrical science on a giant colorful mural by artist Raoul Dufy.