School Year Field Trips

Explore the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight!

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Educators who are looking for creative online ways to keep your class engaged can register for a virtual School Field Trip.
Virtual School Field Trips are now open for Spring 2021. Click below to view Class Registration form.

Spring 2021 Virtual School Field Trip Registration

Since we are unable to come together in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum has created virtual field trip opportunities!

Virtual Field Trips will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am. The lesson is approximately 40 minutes and will be a mix of PowerPoint, video, and some movement. The field trip will cover the history of early ballooning, the anatomy of a balloon, the science behind balloon flight (this includes air density/buoyancy and the phenomenon of the Albuquerque Box), and a short history of Fiesta.  The lesson covers New Mexico State Standards and is geared towards 1st Grade to 5th Grade. A copy of the lesson plans can be provided upon request. A digital Field Trip Reflection activity will be emailed to the teacher to share with students.

Class Sign-up Form: Register for Spring 2021 Field Trips

If you have any questions, contact Katie Farmin at [email protected]

All regular School Field Trips are currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.

To sign up for a Virtual School Field trip, read the above instructions. 

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Field trips to the Balloon Museum help students 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 innovate and achieve
  • Activities for students that add to their knowledge, abilities, and confidence in order to apply what they learn to the world around them

Field Trip Point-of-Contact

For questions about planning and scheduling a field trip to the Balloon Museum, please contact Katie Farmin, Volunteer & Field Trip Coordinator, 505-768-6027, [email protected].

Planning Your Field Trip (All in-person visits are currently suspended)

Balloon Museum Volunteering

Field Trips during the school year are conducted Tuesday through Friday. Programs typically take place from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Beyond this window, your group is welcome to stay and explore the museum independently. Field trip visits must conclude by 1:00 pm. The museum can provide self-guided tour information and activity sheets for all groups.

Learning Activities and Guided Tours are subject to availability and spots fill quickly during September, October, April, and May.

Types of Field Trips

Refer to the attendance breakdown below to see what kind of field trip program your group qualifies for. All group visits (20 students or more) are subject to a 1:10 adult chaperone ratio.

Standard Field Trip

  • Learning Activity and Guided Tour: Minimum of 15 students and maximum of 60 students (groups larger than 60 may opt to visit on separate days or see below for Large Group options)

Large Group Programs

  • First Friday: Minimum of 60 students and maximum of 100 students
  • Science in the Sky: Minimum of 100 students and maximum of 250 students
  • Self-guided Tour: No size restrictions as long as the chaperone requirement is met

Admission Fees

  • Adults: $6 ($5 for New Mexico residents)
  • Seniors: $4 (65+)
  • Children (ages 6 - 17): $3
  • Children (5 and under): Free
  • Free admission for all on the first Friday of every month and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Space

The museum offers a large patio and outdoor grounds for lunch. Indoor space is only available as space allows and if there is inclement weather. If you plan to eat at the museum, please bring your lunches. There is no cafeteria or snack bar to purchase food on site.

The Flying Bus


The Flying Bus Scholarship Program provides free transportation and admission for Title I Schools in the Albuquerque Metro Area.

The scholarship can be used for any of the field trip opportunities provided by the Balloon Museum, including special programs such as Science in the Sky, Darth and Yoda: Choose Your Side, and First Friday Fun Days. The program is sponsored by the Museum's Foundation.


Flying Bus Eligibility and Requirements:

  1. Must be a Title 1 eligible school
  2. Must fill at least 50 seats in a school bus for field trip
  3. Must submit something to the museum after your visit to share your experience (such as pictures drawn by your students, thank you card, photographs, etc.)
  4. Must complete a post-visit feedback form

If your group meets the requirements for a Flying Bus Scholarship and you would like to apply, please complete the Field Trip Reservation Form with your preferred dates and topics. The application for the Flying Bus Scholarship is at the end of the form.