At the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, hot-air balloon events occur during the early morning and the late evening, when winds are more predictable. That leaves the rest of the day free to explore Albuquerque. So why not head over to the nearby balloon museum to learn about everything you wanted to ever know about hot air ballooning? After all, the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum opened in 2005 to highlight the fact that Albuquerque is the “Balloon Capital of the World.”
It’s situated at the southern edge of Balloon Fiesta Park, and is considered to be the world’s premier museum on all things about ballooning. Named after two pioneering balloon pilots from the city of Albuquerque, the museum is a compilation of art, culture, science, history, and sport regarding the burgeoning popularity of ballooning. (After all, going up in a hot air balloon just happens to be on many people’s ‘bucket lists’ these days.)
The museum also happens to be in a most strategic spot for viewing many of the events during the Fiesta. So, it just might make sense to go ahead and purchase a Diamond Club ™ ticket for what may be one of the best seats (and it’s heated!) for the Fiesta. Plus, it includes a fully-catered meal with coffee service, VIP parking, and shuttle service form the museum to the field, so you can avoid the crowds.
Balloon Fiesta hours of operation for the museum are 5:00 am to 5:00 pm, starting Saturday, October 5, 2013 through October 13. Price of admission is $4.00 for adults, $2,00 for ages 65 and over, and $1.00 for ages 4-12.