The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Duke City each year to watch nearly 600 balloons soar into the crisp blue New Mexico sunrise. Now a new exhibit designed and built by University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning (SA&P) students is helping visitors understand why Albuquerque is uniquely equipped to host the world-famous event.
“From the very earliest days in human history, we’ve been trying to better understand this mysterious thing that we experience everyday called weather.” – Paul Garver, Albuquerque Balloon Museum manager
The new exhibit is called the Weather Lab, and it’s located at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum (or, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum). Overlooking the 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum is a wonderland of interactive, educational exhibits and showcases – ranging from the history of hot air ballooning, to the actual balloon capsules that carried pilots on their world-record breaking journeys.