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The Balloon Museum during Fiesta 2017

Welcome Visitors and Balloonists!


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Oct 07, 2017 06:00 AM - Oct 15, 2017 06:00 PM


Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Make the Balloon Museum part of your Balloon Fiesta Experience


The Balloon Museum is open each day of Fiesta from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 through 15.


Regular museum admission rates apply:

  • Adults: $4 (with $1 discount for New Mexico residents with a valid ID)
  • Seniors (65+): $2
  • Children (ages 4-12): $1
  • Children (3 and under): Free

Ask to donate a dollar or more to our science and education programs.

Foundation Events

Learn more about our Foundation's Balloons & Breakfast and Dine & Glow viewing events

Explore & Discover

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

Wind Twister

During Fiesta, guided tours of our permanent exhibition are offered daily at 2 p.m. No reservations are required. Guided tours begin in the lobby of our main entrance. Other special activities include:

  • Radio-Controlled Hot Air Balloon Demonstrations, Daily at 9:30 and 11 a.m. -- View flights of our RC hot air balloons, including our newest, Wind Twister, which is made possible by Sandia Peak Tramway. The balloon stands nearly two stories tall! Please note, this activity is subject to weather conditions.
  • Stories in the Sky and Music in the Sky, Wednesday, October 11 -- Movement, music, art, and ballooning-themed story time for our youngest visitors and their families. Free admission. Stories in the Sky sessions will be held at 9:30 and 11 a.m.. This program is ideal for ages up to 6 years old. Music in the Sky is designed for infants and toddlers, and will be held at 12:15 and 1:30 p.m.
  • Balloon Explorium, Daily 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Hands on learning about ballooning, including simulated balloon flying!
  • Snack Time, Daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Head to our cafe (2nd Floor) to purchase snacks, light meals, and beverages. Enjoy your choices in the cafe or head outside and enjoy the view! Note, please no eating or drinking in the museum's exhibitions. Cash-only transactions (ATM on the 1st Floor).

Admission to the Balloon Museum includes entry to all of our exhibitions, as well as the Tim Anderson 4-D Theater.

Museum Special Exhibits

In addition to our permanent exhibition, which tells the story of over two centuries of ballooning history, don't miss these special exhibitions:

The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée

Arctic Air Camp

When the 1897 flight of S.A. Andrée began, no one had yet reached the North Pole. There had been other attempts, all unsuccessful, but this expedition intended to fly there by balloon from Danes Island, an icy outpost at nearly the top of the world. This exhibition chronicles the history, technology, and people involved in this unprecedented adventure.

Learn more about Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée.

The Weather Lab

TWL Title Wall

Inside The Weather Lab , museum visitors will encounter the sun, wind, clouds, precipitation and storms. Along the way, they will learn about the inextricable relationship between weather and humanity, and efforts through technology to better understand and forecast weather conditions.

Learn more about The Weather Lab.

First Air Voyages in America

Favia 225

In 1793, the first air voyage in the United States took place. To honor the upcoming 225th anniversary of this historic event, the Balloon Museum will present an exhibition about that flight and many noteworthy aerial "firsts" that followed in America, from other ballooning achievements to breaking the sound barrier.

Learn more about First Air Voyages in America.

International Ballooning Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made significant ballooning achievements, including those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering, in addition to those better known for their contributions in flying balloons or airships of any category, in competition or setting records.

Learn more about International Ballooning Hall of Fame.

About the Balloon Museum

Since it opened in 2005, the Museum has welcomed over one million visitors from Albuquerque and many other communities in New Mexico, as well as from across the country and around the world.

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.


Regular Balloon Museum admission rates apply ($1 to $4 per person).


Paul Garver