As the holiday season unfolds, we warmly invite you and yours to embark on an extraordinary journey through the skies of history, innovation, and adventure at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. This year, we are thrilled to present an exhibit lineup that pays homage to the beauty, courage, and boundless human spirit of ballooning. From Bryce Risley’s mesmerizing “Focusing Beyond Balloons” photography exhibit, capturing the stories of the Albuquerque ballooning community, to the captivating tales of Ed Yost in “Forever Pushing the Envelope,” and the enchanting world of airships in “Dirigible Dreams,” our museum is a haven for enthusiasts and curious minds alike. Join us as we also delve into the exhilarating world of the Gordon Bennett World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship and pay tribute to the legends inducted into the International Ballooning Hall of Fame.
Bryce Risley’s Focusing Beyond Balloons:
Step into the realm of visual poetry with Bryce Risley’s “Focusing Beyond Balloons” photography exhibit. Santa Fe-based artist, social scientist, and balloonist Bryce Risley captures the essence and tales of the Albuquerque ballooning community through thirty beautiful photographs. Each image provides a window into the vibrant stories that unfold in the skies, celebrating the unity and joy in this remarkable community.
Forever Pushing the Envelope: Ed Yost’s Ballooning Legacy
Prepare to be inspired by the indomitable spirit of ballooning icon Ed Yost in our exhibit, “Forever Pushing the Envelope.” Ed Yost’s pioneering contributions to hot air balloon technology paved the way for modern ballooning. Immerse yourself in the riveting tales of his groundbreaking innovations and daring escapades, witnessing firsthand the legacy of a pioneer whose spirit continues to soar, urging us to push our own boundaries and reach for the skies.
Dirigible Dreams: Navigating the Golden Age of Airships
Travel back in time to the golden age of airships with our captivating exhibit, “Dirigible Dreams.” While early balloons floated where the wind took them, “Dirigible Dreams” explores the frontier of aeronautics that sought to control flight, launching and landing at predetermined destinations. Marvel at the grandeur of Zeppelins and the courage of those who sailed through the clouds in these colossal vessels. Engage with interactive displays, rare artifacts, and multimedia presentations that bring to life an era when the skies were filled with dreams of exploration and adventure.
Gordon Bennett World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship
Experience the thrill of long-distance gas balloon racing in our dedicated exhibit to the Gordon Bennett World Championship. Follow the exhilarating journeys of competitors as they navigate the skies, testing their skills and pushing the limits of human aeronautics. This exhibit offers a front-row seat to the excitement and challenges of one of the most prestigious events in ballooning history.
International Ballooning Hall of Fame:
Cap off your ballooning adventure by paying homage to the pioneers, visionaries, and trailblazers enshrined in the International Ballooning Hall of Fame. Learn about the individuals who have left an indelible mark on the world of ballooning, contributing to its rich history and inspiring generations to come, including this year’s 2023 inductees Charles “Dewey” Reinhard and Phil Dunnington.
Elevate your festive spirit this holiday season by immersing yourself in the world of ballooning wonders at our museum. From the ethereal beauty captured by Bryce Risley’s lens to the daring exploits of Ed Yost, the enchanting dreams of airships, the thrill of long-distance gas balloon racing, and the recognition of ballooning legends in the Hall of Fame—there’s something for everyone. And as we approach the end of the year, consider making a lasting impact by contributing to our museum’s mission through End of Year giving. Your support ensures that these soaring tales continue to inspire and captivate future generations. Come, be part of an adventure that transcends time and space, and let the magic of ballooning fill your holidays with wonder and joy. We can’t wait to share these captivating stories with you!