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Field Trips During the School Year

Introduce your students to the thrilling world of ballooning at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum!

Our international collections and displays reflect the history, art, culture, science and sport of ballooning. See why Albuquerque is indeed the balloon capital of the world.

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  • Field Trip Registration/Reservation form for School Year 2017-2018 will be available here by July 30, 2017.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Come to the Balloon Museum for Stories in the Sky on Wednesdays offered at two separate times -- at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Free stories, songs, games and crafts. A different story and activity is offered every week. If bringing 10 or more students please email [email protected].

First-Twelfth Grade Students

First through twelfth grade students can explore the museum and learn about ballooning in the following ways:

  • A trained museum docent will lead your students through the museum and share highlights about the history of lighter than air travel. (30- 60 minutes)
  • Enjoy on your own! Chaperones are responsible for guiding students through exhibitions for a detailed look at museum artifacts and photos. The museum can provide a scavenger hunt brochure upon request. 
  • A Learning Activity will give students an in-depth look at a topic related to the world of ballooning. Please see options below. (30-40 minutes)
  • Bring your own lunch to the museum and eat in our Sky Lounge. (30-60 minutes)
  • Any combination of the above!

Optional Learning Activities

 

Learning Activity Group Size

Learning activity groups are limited to a maximum of 60 people. There is no fee charged for this option.

Learning Activity Themes

  • We are a Balloon Crew: Launch a hot air balloon! Students will learn how a hot air balloon works and explore its construction as veteran balloon pilots demonstrate a launch using a 1/8 scale model radio controlled balloon and gondola. All grades. ***This activity is given outdoors for morning visits only and is subject to existing weather conditions. Dress accordingly.***
  • Watching Weather: Observe and experiment with weather! Learn about the many weather factors that impact ballooning and about tricks and tools that can help you predict and record the weather. All grades
  • Map Detectives: Discover the secret code of maps! Balloonists travel across the city and around the world using maps to guide them. Using a globe, an atlas, or digital maps students will learn how to navigate on the ground and in the air. Grades 4 to 12.

Scheduling Your Field Trip

Field Trips during the school year are conducted Tuesday through Friday, and may begin as early as 9:30 a.m. and conclude as late as 3:30 p.m.

The museum always welcomes groups interested in exploring the museum independently and can provide scavenger hunts and self-guided tours to all groups. Guided tours and learning activities are subject to availability and spots fill quickly during September, October, April and May, however, self-guided visits are welcomed daily.

  • Field Trip Registration/Reservation form for School Year 2017-2018 will be available here by July 30, 2017.

 

Please Note: The Balloon Museum does not host field trips during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Admission Fees:

  • 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).

 

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.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call Amanda Lujan at (505) 768-6031.