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School Year Field Trips

Engage your students in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight!

Field trips to the Balloon Museum help students explore and discover the exciting world of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight through tours and learning activities. We strive to offer a rewarding and meaningful experience to teachers, chaperones, and students. 

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

Balloon Museum Field Trips Offer:

  • Learning activities that utilize our exhibitions, which include artifacts, personal stories, and interactive technology
  • Independent or guided museum exploration that allows students to view items of special interest and to make connections between history, science, society, and the natural world
  • Unique perspectives on what it means to achieve, innovate, and advance technology
  • Activities that provide students with experiences that add to their knowledge, abilities, and confidence in order to apply what they learn to the world around them

Learn more about our field trip offerings below.

Scheduling Your Field Trip

Field Trips during the school year are conducted Tuesday through Friday, and begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 11:30. The museum always welcomes groups interested in exploring the museum independently and can provide scavenger hunts, self-guided tours, and activity sheets to all groups. Guided tours and learning activities are subject to availability and spots fill quickly during September, October, April, and May.

For Fall 2017 Field Trips:  Please CLICK HERE to view available dates and to submit a Field Trip Reservation Request Form. After you submit your form, a staff member will respond within three business days. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call Amanda Lujan at (505) 768-6031.

Spring 2018 Field Trips: Information will be posted in December, 2017.

Field Trip Group Sizes 

Learning Activities and guided tours are limited to groups with a minimum of 20 students and a maximum of 50 students. Groups that are smaller or larger can visit for a self-guided tour or contact us for information about joining another group for a visit or, for especially large groups, ask us about our annual Science in the Sky program, a special series designed to accommodate large school groups.

Lunch Space

The museum offers a large patio and outdoor grounds for lunch. Indoor space is only available if there is inclement weather or if these spaces are not in use with other activities.

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
  • Free admission for all on the first Friday of every month and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Flying Bus

The Flying Bus Program is a subsidized field trip program. Free transportation and admission is available for qualifying groups including Title I eligible schools in the metro area. The program is sponsored by the Balloon Museum's Foundation. To inquire about your school's eligibility and to participate, please email Amanda Lujan, [email protected].

Learning Activities, Fall 2017

Pre-K through 1st Grade

  • Stories in the Sky
  • Free Admission! Stories, songs, games, and crafts. A different story and activity is offered every week.
  • Every Wednesday
    • Session 1:  9:30
    • Session 2:  11:00
  • Dates
    • September 6, 13, 20 (11:00 a.m. sold out), 27 (both sessions sold out)
    • October 4 (9:30 a.m. sold out), 18 (9:30 a.m. sold out), 25
    • November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (November dates are sold out)
    • December 6, 13 (Both dates are sold out)
  • Suggested Itinerary
    • Session 1: 9:15 arrival, 9:30 story time, 10:00 crafts, 10:30 independent museum exploration
    • Session 2: 10:45 arrival, 11:00 story time, 11:30 crafts, 12:00 independent museum exploration
  • Make your reservation


1st through 5th Grades

  • We are a Balloon Crew! 
  • Watch a hot air balloon launch! Students will learn how a hot air balloon works and explore its construction as veteran balloon pilots demonstrate by launching 1/8th scale model radio-controlled balloon and gondola. This activity is outdoors and is subject to existing weather conditions. Flight cancellation possible due to weather. Please dress accordingly.
  • Please make reservations for this activity at least two weeks in advance
  • Dates (Tuesdays)
    • September 5, 12, 19, 26
    • October 3, 17, 24, 31 (All October dates are sold out)
    • November 7, 14, 21, 28 (All November dates are sold out)
    • December 5, 12 (All December dates are sold out)
  • Suggested Itinerary
    • 9:15 arrival, 9:30 RC demonstration, 10:15 guided tour, 11:00 independent museum exploration, 11:30 lunch
  • Make your reservation


4th through 8th Grades

  • Weather Watchers -- NEW!
  • Investigate the science of weather in our newest exhibition The Weather Lab. Students will explore the different Earth systems that interact to make the world’s weather and the tools and technology meteorologists use to predict storms, precipitation, wind, and heat. The Learning Activity will vary based on the grade level of each group.
  • Dates (Thursdays)
    • September 7, 14, 28
    • October: 5, 26
    • November 2, 30 (sold out)
    • December 7 (sold out)
  • Suggested Itinerary
    • 9:15 arrival
    • 9:30 Group 1 guided tour, Group 2 learning activity
    • 10:15 Group 1 learning activity, Group 2 guided tour
    • 11:00 independent museum exploration
    • 11:30 lunch
  • Make your reservation


5th through 12th Grades

  • Arctic Exploration -- NEW!
  • Discover the intriguing tale of S.A. Andrée and his attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon in our exhibition Arctic Air! Students will learn about the Age of Exploration and how this era influenced this unique expedition, from its inception to the homecoming of its crew. The Learning Activity will vary based on the grade level of each group.
  • Dates (Fridays)
    • September 15
    • October 20 (sold out)
    • November 10 (sold out)
    • December 8 (sold out)
  • Suggested Itinerary
    • 9:15 arrival
    • 9:30 Group 1 guided tour, Group 2 learning activity
    • 10:15 Group 1 learning activity, Group 2 guided tour
    • 11:00 independent museum exploration
    • 11:30 lunch
  • Make your reservation


All Grade Levels

  • Self Guided Tours
  • Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
  • Explore the Balloon Museum independently to learn about the artifacts and topics that interest you! The museum will provide age appropriate handouts to assist chaperones with independent museum exploration and information about the many things to see and do in the museum.
  • No reservation required

Special Programs

Pre-K through 5th Grade

  • Balloons and Bubbles
  • Why have bubbles and balloons inspired awe in young children for hundreds of years? The answer lies somewhere between science, math, and joy. Young learners discover surface tension and gravity like a scientist. Observe and test the actions of air at this fun and beautiful presentation. This program is great for large groups over 50 students and mixed level classes.
  • Dates (Monthly on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.)
    • October 19 (sold out)
    • November 16 (sold out)
    • December 14 (sold out)
  • Itinerary
    • 9:45 arrival
    • 10:00 Balloons and Bubbles presentation
    • 10:45 Activity
    • 11:00 Independent museum exploration
    • 11:30 Lunch
  • Make your reservation