Visitation to the Balloon Museum is restricted to New Mexico residents only.

In order to visit the Balloon Museum, timed tickets must be booked in advance through Hold My Ticket. All visitors, including children and Museum Foundation Members, must reserve a timed ticket prior to their visit. No tickets will be sold at the Museum. Staff and Museum visitors are asked to follow the State health order requiring face masks or other face coverings to be worn. Exception: Children 2 years and under are not required to wear face coverings. Temporarily, due to COVID-19, free days, free passes, and discounts will not be honored. Visitors may be required to show proof of residency. Acceptable documentation includes a New Mexico driver’s license or ID card, a New Mexico vehicle registration, a federal document attesting to residency, or a military ID. For new residents, an out of state driver’s license with proof of local address (e.g. utility bill in resident’s name) is acceptable.

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Visit the Balloon Museum Virtually

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Sign up to take your class on a virtual school field trip.

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Take a virtual tour of the Balloon Museum with Threshold 360.

Tour the Balloon Museum

Enjoy our museum digitally with an array of online content!

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Virtual Stories & Music in the Sky

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Join in our youth storytime with weekly themed presentations.

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Explore the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.

Discover how human aviation began with ballooning in 1783 and the many advancements that have followed.

Achieve new heights by gaining knowledge and inspiration from visiting our interactive exhibitions or participating in our many educational programs.

About the Museum

Balloons take flight above the Balloon Museum.

Named in honor of Albuquerque's pioneering aeronauts Maxie Anderson and Ben Abruzzo, the museum opened in 2005 and has since welcomed over one million visitors from across New Mexico, the United States, and around the world. Read our Strategic Plan.

Balloon Museum Mission

The mission of the museum is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences that engage our visitors in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.

Vision Statement

Create a vibrant, accredited museum, one that enriches people’s lives and brings people together - whether from across town or from around the world - to learn, grow, share, and celebrate.

Institutional Values and Principles

  • Demonstrate respect and the highest standards of professionalism in our work and interactions with colleagues and the public
  • Be authentic, accurate, and fair in the interpretation of our subject matter
  • Serve our audiences in unique, meaningful ways in order to sustain the relevance, popularity, and permanence of the museum
  • Ensure the public trust through proper stewardship of the collection and our resources
  • Recognize and fulfill the responsibilities that come from serving diverse audiences
  • Encourage learners to be critical thinkers in order to unlock knowledge and understanding now and in the future
  • Build institutional success through innovation, efficiency, collaboration, and accountability

Tim Anderson 4-D Theater

Entry to the theater is included with your admission to the museum.

There are no current film offerings at this time.

Community Events

The Museum is open year-round and hosts many community-oriented special events, features unique art and architecture, and offers distinctive rental spaces for meetings, weddings and receptions, and other celebrations.

Upcoming Events

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