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Exhibits (2015)

Since the first balloon flights in 1783, there have been many feats recorded in the story of Balloon flight. Hot air and gas balloons have been used for adventure, scientific experiments, the arts, warfare, espionage, and the exploration of space.

The exhibits at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum help the visitor see and understand how all this happened. Emphasis is on the development of exhibits that combine historic artifacts with modern multi-media technology to create a sense of excitement as well as an educational environment.

How and Why Balloons Fly

  • First manned hot air and gas balloon fights, 1783
  • Types of balloons (Hot Air & Gas)
  • Balloon construction and equipment: envelopes, fuels, baskets and gondolas, burners, parachute valves
  • Flights over land and water
  • How balloons flight and how are they controlled
  • Instruments: altimeter, variometer, temperature¬†probes, GPs devices and aeronautic radios
  • Buoyancy: atmosphere and altitude
  • Weather conditions and topography
  • Triumphs and Tragedies


  • Aerial photography
  • Otto Winzen's invention of new balloon materials
  • James Van Allen, radiation belts
  • Stratospheric flights and the Stratolab Gondola
  • Excelsor/Manhigh experiments
  • Joe Kittinger world record parachute jump


  • Barn-storming
  • Men and women aeronauts
  • Special shaped balloons
  • Gordon Bennett Competition
  • We Fill The Sky With Dreams - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Balloons in War

  • Civil War Observation Balloons, 1860s
  • Balloons and Air Mail during the Siege of Paris, 1870
  • Barrage Balloons, World War I
  • Germany's use of Zeppelins to bomb England, World War I
  • Japanese Fugo Balloon Bombs and discovery of Jet Stream, World War II

Curator of Collections:

Dr. Marilee Schmit Nason
Phone: (505) 768-6020 
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9201 Balloon Museum Drive, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113-1554