Balloon Museum Exhibitions

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Balloon Museum Main

In 2015, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) awarded the rare title of FAI Recommended Museum to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

The FAI Recommended Museum Program exists to recognize worthy and notable museum collections of an aeronautical nature which are used to further the education of the public, particularly children, in the history and practice of air sport, aeronautics and astronautics, and/or commercial or military aviation. The Balloon Museum is home to the FAI's Ballooning Hall of Fame.

Permanent Exhibitions

The Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is home to one of the most complete collections of artifacts, images, and stories from the world of ballooning.

Permanent Exhibition

Since the first balloon flights in 1783, ushering humans into the age of aviation, hot air and gas balloons have been used for exploration, sport, and adventure. The permanent exhibition at the Balloon Museum helps visitors to understand the rich history of ballooning.

An image of the interior of the Balloon Museum

Sport Ballooning and the FAI Hall of Fame

Encounter the innovators, leaders, and record-setters of ballooning.

A view of an exhibition on Sport Ballooning









Elevation Station

Engage with hands-on exhibitions that excite the young and young at heart about the joy, science, culture, and art of ballooning at our new youth exhibition.

Elevation Station wall

Special Exhibitions

The Balloon Museum features new exhibits that explore the past, present, and future of ballooning, as well as subjects related to the science, engineering, and technology of lighter-than-air aviation.

The Weather Lab

Encounter and experience the science, power, and beauty of weather!

weather lab

Arctic Air

Discover the history of the unprecedented attempt in 1897 to reach the North Pole by balloon.

Arctic Air Camp

In Their Words: Stories by Women on the Ground and In the Air

Explore the ways in which women in ballooning are connected to the past through stories, records, family traditions, and magical feats.

Feet on the Ground, Heads in the Clouds

All Black and White

Examine the striking use of black and white design in contemporary New Mexico art and the attire of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Launch Directors.

All Black and White mural


Mecanic Art

Discover artwork created in the late 19th century in France that illustrates the promise and evolution of industrialization, while emphasizing movement and speed. 

Mecanic Art- Montaut

Sid Cutter: Man Above Town

Get insight into the life of the father of Balloon Fiesta, Sid Cutter, both in and outside of hot air ballooning.

Sid Cutter Pair of Photos

Beep! Beep! Illustrating Balloon Fiesta® Through the Art of Chuck Jones *Coming this fall*

View original Warner Brothers animation cels of Road Runner and Coyote by Chuck Jones and learn about the longstanding history between the art of Jones and hot air ballooning competitions.

Chuck Jones cel

Canopy of Color *Opening Sept. 24th*

Starting in the 1970s, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® became the backbone of the city’s cultural identity. Step inside and learn how it all started and how it grew from thirteen balloons to more than 1,000 in 2000!

Canopy of Color



Up, Up, and Away with the Balloon Museum at the ABQ Sunport

Celebrate the earliest ballooning in Albuquerque and explore a selection of the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum’s rarely seen collection of early modern hot air balloon gondolas.

City of ABQ Welcomes You at the Sunport