Apr 10

Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum – Albuquerque

Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum is a truly unique and fascinating museum that takes its visitors from the first days of hot air balloons in the late 18th century to the present day.  I would highly recommend going to this wonderful museum during the world famous Balloon Fiesta that takes place in the same park area where the museum is, in the month of October.  The Balloon Fiesta is the largest ballooning event on the planet where there are usually more than 600 hot air balloons that will take flight.  The crowds at the Balloon Fiesta can exceed over 100,000 so I imagine the museum must be packed, but seeing that many balloons take flight must be an impressive sight.  Unfortunately for me, I was not able to be there during the Balloon Fiesta but the museum was well worth going to see anytime of the year.
History of Ballooning

The museum is basically brand new, built in 2005 and is in immaculate condition and looks like it was just opened yesterday.  The museum has 59,000 square feet of room for exhibits, conference space, and instructional areas.  I was impressed that all of the hands on activities and technology were working because most of the museums that I have been too have at least one and usually multiple areas that are out of service.  Now I am not saying on your particular visit that everything will be working, but the day that I was there everything was operational.  There were several hands on things that any visitor could do from feeling how heavy the weights that ground it are to a flight simulator where the visitor takes the controls of a hot air balloon.
Flight Simulator

The strongest feature of the museum is its outstanding job of showing the history of ballooning.  The museum has a model of the Montgolfier brothers from France who had the first recorded balloon flight.  The museum had a good deal of history on the French foray into balloon in the 18th century.  The museum then moved on to how ballooning has played a role in understanding weather patterns, military operations, and transatlantic flights with the zeppelins.  The last major section of the museum is dedicated to long distance ballooning and the exploits of several of those pilots including the museums namesakes who had several ballooning firsts like crossing the Atlantic Ocean for which they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Balloon Exhibit

The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum is an excellent museum on the history of ballooning, but you do not have to be a hot air ballooning enthusiast to enjoy your time there.  The admittance price cannot be beat so being so cheap might make it worth repeat visits, but the only reason I would go again would be to take Karen or if I was in Albuquerque during the Balloon Fiesta.  I did enjoy my time there, and thought the place was fascinating but after seeing it once if I was ever to go back to the lovely city that is Albuquerque I would probably spend my time seeing the other sights the city has to offer.
High Altitude Pod

Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Located at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr
Hours of Operation- Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Cost as of the writing of this post- $4 for Adults 13 to 65, 65 and over $2.00 and 4 to 12 $1.
For more information visit their website at http://www.balloonmuseum.com/
Long Distance Capsule

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  1. Brisbane Hot Air Ballooning

    I love hot air ballooning and I like to collect knowledge about these balloons. Thanks for writing this interesting blog.

    Hot Air Ballooning Brisbane

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