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
Introduce your students to the thrilling world of ballooning at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. Choose from a variety of programs that will engage students in the art, science, and history.
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. (As long as you can stay!)
- A Learning Activity will give students an in-depth look at a topic related to the world of ballooning. Please see options below. (30-60 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
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. These activities are taught by trained museum staff and docents and align with state education standards.
Learning Activity Group Size
Groups are limited to a maximum of 60 people – including students and adults when choosing the optional learning activity. 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.***
- Art and Ballooning: Create beautiful hands-on art projects! Special shapes, colorful balloons, aerial photography, and breathtaking views are all part of the wonder of ballooning that students will discover as they learn about various art techniques and instruments, artistic observation, and artistic expression. All grades.
- 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.
- Plan a Balloon Expedition: Imagine traveling in a balloon for three days! 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
Guided tours are conducted year round Tuesday through Friday – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by museum docents and staff. The museum always welcomes groups interested in exploring the museum independently and can provide scavenger hunts and self-guided tours to all groups. These tours and learning activities are subject to availability and spots fill quickly during September, October, April and May.
The Balloon Museum does not host field trips during the week of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
- 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.)
If your group would like to schedule a visit, please submit a Field Trip Reservation Request form.
A museum staff member will contact you within 72 business hours.
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.
If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected] or call (505) 768-6031.