The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is a museum dedicated to educating the public on the history, science, and art of hot-air ballooning and ‘lighter-than-air’ flight.
Established and run by the non-profit organization, the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, the 55,000 square-foot museum is located in the town of Albuquerque in New Mexico and is designed in a way that architecturally correlates to an inflating balloon at the entry and an already-inflated balloon in the main gallery, which is 75 feet high. The museum is conveniently situated right next to the vast open grounds used for world's largest annual balloon fiesta, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual nine-day festival of hot air balloons that takes place during early October and features over 500 balloons every, making it the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is named after two Albuquerque natives, Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson, who were famous for setting several firsts in the ballooning world, such as continent and ocean-crossings. The Museum was opened in 2005 and features over 59,000 square feet of space, which includes a variety of exhibits and displays about the history of ballooning and various items and pieces from world-renowned balloonists such as Joseph Kittinger, Ed Yost and Ben Abruzzo himself, classrooms and conference rooms, and a museum shop. Next read: 25 Best Things to Do in Albuquerque