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The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is a museum dedicated to the worldwide history, science, and art of all types of ballooning and lighter-than-air flight. It is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and is situated just outside the grounds used for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest yearly balloon fiesta, and is named for Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson, two Albuquerque natives who established several ballooning firsts, such as crossing oceans and continents.
Opened on October 1, 2005, it is owned by the city of Albuquerque and is a collaborative project of the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, a 501(c) tax exempt not-for-profit corporation, and the City of Albuquerque's Cultural Services Division. It is a 59,000-square-foot facility with class rooms, conference rooms, and many exhibits on the history of ballooning, including items from famous balloonists such as Ed Yost, Joseph Kittinger, and Ben Abruzzo.
Museum exhibits include artifacts and materials related to the history of ballooning and the science behind ballooning. Modern multimedia systems such as a balloon flight simulator provide both education and entertainment. The recently opened movie theater provides both 2D and 4D films.
The Museum, designed by the architectural firm Gerald A. Martin, Ltd., is a partial two-story high bay building. The high bay, which is the main gallery, is 80 feet tall with a tensile fabric roof. The interior ceiling is 75 feet high.
Construction of the Museum was completed in November 2004 at a cost of 10.4 million dollars. Framing is chiefly steel with some concrete supports. The structural engineer of record was Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers.
Wonderful museum free on Sunday! This place was really so cool... If you've ever been in Albuquerque during the balloon fiesta, you know what a riot this place is. I learned so much about early... Read more
This was a quick stop while we waited to check in to our hotel. It was a cute museum. I think it would be fun for children. I did enjoy playing with the interactive exhibits. There is a senior... Read more
This was a short stop while waiting to check into our hotel. It was inexpensive. There were some really fun interactive things. Other areas had a lot of reading and pictures. We had just driven 7... Read more
Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
- Sun, Tue - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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