For $29, today's side deal gets you a yearlong family membership, which includes admission for up to four people, to the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, located at Jefferson Street and Balloon Museum Drive (a $60 value). Your membership must be redeemed within 30 days of purchase. The museum is closed Mondays.
Hands-on interactive exhibits and memorabilia line the walls at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, giving an in-depth, panoramic view of the aeronautic triumph's rich history and high-flying physics. Get a feel for stratospheric decision-making with the flight simulator and interactive exhibits, which show amateur balloonists how to land a balloon, apportion food, tie knots, delineate fuel, and honk at clouds. More than 50 historical and contemporary gondolas—including those used for the first trans-Pacific and solo trans-Atlantic balloon crossings—tell the story of record-setting flights. Chat up a friendly, knowledgeable staff member and learn about the hundreds of historical artifacts on display, the physics of ballooning, and the art of contemporary sandbagging.
Your membership is good for entry of up to four people, and includes 10% off at the museum gift shop, discounts on selected programs, exclusive notifications of upcoming exhibits and events, and subscription to the e-newsletter.
- Today, with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta drawing hundreds of brilliantly colored and imaginatively shaped balloons to the city each October, this museum's time has come…Most poignant are displays of Albuquerque balloonists Maxie Anderson and Ben Abruzzo, who, with Larry Newman, completed the first manned crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1978. Originals and replicas of various historic crafts dot the three-story-tall space, and windows look out at the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley. Kids will enjoy the flight simulator, which tests their ability to fly and land a balloon on target. – Frommer’s
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Ever since 1873, when human beings first broke free of gravity's bonds without the help of passing falcons, balloons have been used for everything from scientific discovery to recreation. At the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, visitors learn about world-record parachute jumps, notable female aeronauts, the tragic and triumphant history of the craft, and the use of balloons in wars ranging from the Civil War to World War II.
9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113Get Directions