The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum was adopted in
New Mexico State Balloon Museum.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum presents
the development of ballooning through historic, scientific and artistic
objects reflecting world-wide achievements in this field.
New Mexico State Balloon Museum:
Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
There holdings were brought together through the efforts of the Anderson
and Abruzzo families, the City of Albuquerque, various local, national
and international supporters, and with the support of the Anderson-Abruzzo
International Balloon Museum Foundation. Collections include material
donated by individuals directly involved in ballooning endeavors, as
well as by ballooning and history enthusiasts from all over the world.
We also hold the Soukup and Thomas International Balloon and Airship
Museum collection, donated to the City of Albuquerque through the City
of Mitchell, South Dakota in 2000.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is
a 59,000-square foot museum facility designed to house creative and
technological exhibits focused on a wide variety of ballooning experiences.
The exhibition space is 25,000 square feet. The museum will also contain
creative learning spaces and educational classrooms.
1978 - Flight of the Double Eagle II: First successful
crossing of the Atlantic by a balloon. (Ben, Max, Larry)
1979 - The Gordon Bennett balloon race is revived after
a 41 year lapse. Maxie Anderson and Ben Abruzzo, in Double Eagle
III, win the race on May 29 after having traveled 560 miles in 57
hours and 7 minutes.
1980 - Flight of the Kitty Hawk: First successful crossing
of the North American Continent.
1985 - Flight of the Double Eagle V: First successful
1981-1982 - Jules Verne: First around the world attempts
1983 - Maxie Anderson and Don Ida killed in ballooning
accident in Germany. Michael and Patty Anderson conceive idea of
1984 - Anderson Foundation is created and Ben Abruzzo
and Kris Anderson join board of directors. First $100,000 donation
from Ranchers Mining Co.
1985 - Ben and Pat Abruzzo die in plane crash in Albuquerque.
Museum effort becomes a partnership between Anderson and Abruzzo
families. Louis Abruzzo replaces Ben on the Board.
1987 - Balloon Museum officially becomes one of the City
of Albuquerque's Quality of Life Projects.
1987-2001 - Lobbying and fundraising efforts for Museum
2001 - Jacques Soukup and Kirk Thomas donate historic
ballooning collection to Balloon Museum.
October 2002 - Museum Ground breaking Ceremony with Mayor
Martin Chavez and other dignitaries.
May 2003 - Museum Construction begins. Click here for
Nov 2003 - Anderson Family Foundation pledges $1.5 million
for Museum exhibits.
Foundation Contact Information
6121 Indian School Road NE
Albuquerque NM 87110
New Mexico Law
The law designating the Anderson-Abruzzo international balloon museum, as the official New Mexico state balloon museum is found in the New Mexico Statutes,
Title 12, Article 3, Section 12-3-17.
Chapter 12 - Miscellaneous Public Affairs Matters
Article 3 - State Seal, Song and Symbols
Section 12-3-17 - Official balloon museum. (1999)
Universal Citation: NM Stat § 12-3-17 (2013)
12-3-17. Official balloon museum. (1999)
The Anderson-Abruzzo international balloon museum is the official balloon museum of New Mexico.
History: Laws 1999, ch. 2, § 1 and 1999, ch. 3, § 1.
State symbols represent things that are special to a particular state.