National Balloon Museum


The Montgolfier brothers in 1783 flew a balloon carrying farm animals, demonstrating that it was possible to survive aloft. Almost immediately, scientists and engineers took ballooning to new heights, with technological advances such as pressurized gondolas and liquid oxygen converters for high-altitude flights. Numerous artifacts and memorabilia from more than 200 years of ballooning can be seen at the National Balloon Museum. Displays include balloon envelopes, inflators, gondolas, and other equipment used in both hot air and gas ballooning. The museum is housed in a unique building that looks like two upside-down balloons with gondolas.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Aerospace, Material Science
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Montgolfier brothers in 1783 flew a balloon carrying farm animals, demonstrating that it was possible to survive aloft. Almost immediately, scientists and engineers took ballooning to new heights, with technological advances such as pressurized gondolas and liquid oxygen converters for high-altitude flights. Numerous artifacts and memorabilia from more than 200 years of ballooning can be seen
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