The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum features an array of exhibits and displays that showcase the history and development of ballooning since 1783, ranging from hot air and gas ballooning used for adventure, warfare, and the arts to scientific experiments, espionage, and the exploration of space. Exhibitions combine historic artifacts with modern multi-media technology to create an educational experience like no other.
Exhibits include ‘How and Why Balloons Fly’ which explores a variety of types of balloons, including hot air and gas balloons, the first manned hot air and gas balloon fights in the late 1700s and flights over land and water, the construction of balloons, their instruments and how they actually fly, and the triumphs and tragedies associated with ballooning.
The Science Exhibit covers aerial photography from balloons, various experiments by well-known scientists such as James Van Allen, Excelsor and Manhigh, stratospheric flights, and the world record parachute jump by Joe Kittinger.
The Recreational Exhibit explores special shaped balloons, male and female aeronauts, barn-storming, and the renowned Gordon Bennett Competition and Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Balloons in War delves into the use of balloons during wartime, with particular focus on the American Civil War of the 1860s, the Siege of Paris in 1870, Barrage Balloons and Germany's use of Zeppelins to bomb England during World War I, Japanese Fugo Balloon Bombs and the subsequent discovery of the Jet Stream during World War II.
The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation offers and supports several educational programs for all ages.
The Flying Bus Program covers the cost of admission to the museum for schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools system. Stories in the Sky is a weekly, award winning story time aimed at preschoolers that incorporates music, movement, arts and crafts in the areas of education and science. The Science in the Sky Program is geared towards elementary and middle schoolers and features special, entertaining educational programs and school tours.