School Field Trips
Teachers, students and parents are invited to visit the Balloon Museum year round and explore our award winning, world class facility. Our international collections and displays reflect the history, art, culture, science and sport of ballooning. See first- hand why Albuquerque is indeed the balloon capital of the world.
Our student tours are conducted by trained docents who enjoy working with children and our exhibits are specifically designed to comply with NM State Education Benchmarks and Standards. The optional Learning Activities are designed and taught by professional educators who will discuss with you how best to customize the activity to match your curriculum needs.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Come to the Balloon Museum for Stories in the Sky on Wednesdays offered at two separate times -- at 9:30-10:15 am and the same program again at 11:00-11:45 am.
Free stories, songs, games and crafts no admission is required. A different story and activity is offered every week. You may explore the Balloon Museum after Stories in the Sky.
If bringing 10 or more students please email [email protected].
First--Twelfth Grade Students
First through twelfth grade students are offered a docent led tour of the museum which varies in length from 30-60 minutes depending on grade level.
Additional Options may include the following:
- A 30-60 minute Learning Activity taught by professional Museum Educators for an additional fee.
- Bring your own lunch to the Museum and eat in our Sky Lounge. (30 minutes)
- Enjoy on your own exploring where chaperones are responsible for guiding students to exhibitions for a more in-depth look. (30-60 minutes)
Optional Learning Activities
Optional Learning Activities are offered to 1st through 12th grade groups and are scheduled at the time of the tour. The activity will take from 30-60 minutes depending on grade level and the needs of the group and is taught by professional educators on staff at the Museum.
Learning Activity Fees
- $35 for one group not to exceed 30 participants including students and adult chaperones.
- $50 for one group not to exceed 60 participants including students and adult chaperones.
- The fee is not included as part of the Flying Bus Program. Limited scholarships are available. Fees are payable by check, cash or credit card at the ticket window on the day of the field trip.
Learning Activity Themes
Choose one topic for your Learning Activity.
Art and Ballooning: Beautiful hands-on art projects. All grades
- Watching Weather: Discover and experiment with basic weather factors that impact ballooning. Learn how to know when it is safe to fly in a balloon and how clouds can predict the weather. All grades
- We are a Balloon Crew: Explore parts of a hot-air balloon. Work together like a Balloon Crew to understand how a hot air balloon works. All grades
- Map Detectives: Discover the secret code of maps. Investigate different kinds of maps and their use by balloonists. Grades 4 to 12.
- Plan a Balloon Expedition: Imagine a 3 day trip in a gas balloon. How would you plan? What do you need to take with you? What will you leave behind? How do you steer a gas balloon? Can you get to your destination when you meet unexpected obstacles. Grades 3 to 12
Scheduling Your Field Trip
Tours are conducted year round Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. but must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. September, October, April and May fill quickly, so place your request well in advance for these times. Guided tours are based on docent availability.
- Adults: $4 (with $1 discount for New Mexico residents with a valid ID)
- Senior: $2 (65+)
- Children (ages 4-12): $1
- Children (3 and under): Free
- Museum Foundation Members; ICOM, AAM & NMAM members: Free
- Free admission: the first Friday of every month and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Except the first Friday of October, Sundays during Balloon Fiesta and on days where there are special events such as Holidays Take Flight.)
Preparing for Your Field Trip
To make your visit memorable and enjoyable we ask that you follow these guidelines:
- Provide at least one adult chaperone for every seven students.
- Teachers and adults must stay with the group at all times and are responsible for maintaining discipline. Meet with your chaperons and discuss their responsibilities and your expectation before your arrival.
- To protect the Balloon Museum's artifacts and exhibitions we ask that you discuss in advance Museum Etiquette. Museum Etiquette includes walking, rather than running inside the Museum; inside voices; following directions; and respectful, gentle use of hands-on displays.
- Make and wear legible name tags with first names.
- Arrive on time and assemble your group before entering the Museum. Arriving late will necessitate a shortened visit as the Museum docents and educators are scheduled to work with your group at appointed times.
- Respect other visitors by staying with your group and talking quietly.
- No food, beverages, gum or candy is allowed in an exhibition area.
Groups that have made arrangements to bring a sack lunch are asked to place them in storage containers that will be taken to the eating area upon your arrival.
Connect to Your Curriculum
- History - local & international
- Art - folk & visual
- Cultural - ballooning & world
- Science - flight & weather
- Sport - competition & adventure
Our Museum Educators will be happy to assist you to find curriculum connections.