The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, New Mexico© 2009 International Balloon MuseumKnown as America's ballooning capital, Albuquerque is a fitting home for this unique museum.

9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Named for the Albuquerque balloonists who made the first uninterrupted gas balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1978, this unusual museum is dedicated to preserving the history of ballooning. It also provides a vantage point from which to watch ballooning events or simply view the nearby Sandia Mountains.

The facility exhibits an extensive collection of ballooning equipment and memorabilia, including historic gondolas such as those used in the first transcontinental flight of North America and the first flight across the Pacific Ocean. Also displayed are a World War I observation balloon, navigation equipment, and a Victorian parachute. Exhibits detail the history and technical aspects of ballooning as well as the use of balloons for scientific, sporting, and military purposes. An interactive flight simulator is popular.

Open Tues.–Sun. Admission charged except Sun. mornings and first Fri. of each month.

www.cabq.gov/balloon

(505) 768-6020

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