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About Us

Balloons take flight above the Balloon Museum.

Named in honor of Albuquerque's pioneering aeronauts Maxie Anderson and Ben Abruzzo, the Balloon Museum opened in 2005 and has since welcomed over one million visitors from across New Mexico, the United States, 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.

 

Institutional Values and Principles

  • Demonstrate respect and the highest standards of professionalism in our work and interactions with colleagues and the public
  • Be authentic, accurate, and fair in the interpretation of our subject matter
  • Serve our audiences in unique, meaningful ways in order to sustain the relevance, popularity, and permanence of the museum
  • Ensure the public trust through proper stewardship of the collection and our resources
  • Recognize and fulfill the responsibilities that come from serving diverse audiences
  • Encourage learners to be critical thinkers in order to unlock knowledge and understanding now and in the future
  • Build institutional success through innovation, efficiency, collaboration, and accountability

 

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. Read our Strategic Plan

 

A black and white photo of a crowd gathered near a gas balloon in Albuquerque in 1882

 

Explore the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning.

Discover how human aviation began with ballooning in 1783 and the many advancements that have followed.

Achieve new heights by gaining knowledge and inspiration from visiting our interactive exhibitions or participating in our many educational programs.

 

Introduction to the Balloon Museum