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“Great tour!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Ranked #13 of 217 things to do in Albuquerque
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Pittsburgh
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205 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

I did not know what to expect when we entered the museum but found it to be very interesting. We were greeted by a gentleman who asked if we would like a tour. We accepted his offer, and he showed us many of the exhibits and was able to tell us great additional stories for each of the areas that we toured with him. I was not only entertained by the guide, but also educated about balloon history. He did a great job!

Visited June 2014
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West Henrietta, New York
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“Glad we found it!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Didn't have time to see the museum exhibits, but we happily snapped a few photos of the exterior, and visited the gift shop before our drive to Oklahoma City. Hope to try again someday.

Visited June 2014
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Daytona Beach, FL
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“very interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I did not realize all of the history of balloons and the number of attempts for trans-atlantic flights as well as flights around the world. The museum is so inexpensive that it really should not be missed. I enjoyed it much more than I thought that I would - it is very informative.

Visited June 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“A Fun History of Ballooning with Hands-on Activities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

If you have interest in the field (and hard facts) of ballooning, this is a great museum. Inside you will find lots of actual ballooning items and a lot of history. The "Balloon School" is fun where you can "fly" a video balloon, practice weaving the patterns of a wicker gondola, learn some useful knots and other activities without a lot of reading.

Also inside is a history of Balloon Fiesta from it's earliest days complete with pin collections, memorabilia and early advertising for Fiesta. If you are interested in balloon pins or trading cards there is lots to look at here.

Also you will see some full size, long distance balloons that have actually made transatlantic flights and other flights that were very interesting to look at and think about.

Of course there is a gift shop - mostly tourist oriented balloon and Albuquerque stuff - but if that's what you're looking for (t-shirts, keychains, shot glasses and postcards) then you won't be disappointed.

It is a very quiet museum and probably the lowest price attraction in Albuquerque (currently $4 for out of state adults - $3 for resident adults). The museum sits at the crest of the hill overlooking the Balloon Field which, if you envision 700-1000 full size balloons on the grass below - you see how big Fiesta really is. If you drive down to the field (which you can do by making a left turn out of the museum parking lot) you can look back up at the museum and see that the picture window of the museum is in the shape of a balloon envelope (most people never see this but it's kind of cool).

If you go, don't expect high-energy entertainment - just a quiet museum with a very interesting history of ballooning - well displayed and interesting reading. I also believe they have the most colorful restrooms in Albuquerque.

Visited May 2014
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West Chicago, Illinois
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“Great family fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is a great museum for small children. Not too big and very hands on. Very informative for older kids and adults.

Visited January 2014
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