Last updated: 2/12/2012
Indianola, Iowa
Street Address
1601 North Jefferson Way
Indianola, IA 50125
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 149
Indianola, IA 50125
Winter hours: Feb-April
Daily1 PM - 4 PM
May-Dec 24
Monday - Friday9 AM - 4 PM
Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
Closed major holidays and January
Adults (over 12 years): $3
Children under 12: Free
Babies: Free
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Becky Wigeland, Curator
phone: 515-961-8144

Come and surround yourself in history and the "Beginning of the Space Age" with Ballooning from 1783 to the present. Learn about many of the Pioneers of Ballooning from our Hall of Fame and Women in Ballooning displays. The Children' Learning Area will entertain and teach them about ballooning through simulated video games, videos , balloon pictures and books.Our collection covers gas,smoke and hot air balloons as well as airships, blimps and Zeppelins and their memoribilia.

Your membership

The museum is operated entirely by volunteers and its only support comes from contributions and gift shop sales. Your membership contribution will help assure its continued operation and help to make possible future enhancements of its programs and facilities. You will also enjoy special membership privileges. See our website to find out how you can become a member and what membership benefits you will receive.


It is the responsibilty of the National Balloon Museum,Inc to promote, teach and provide the accurate knowledge of ballooning by collecting and preserving artifacts, documents and images representative of the history of ballooning.


We have been in existance since 1972 because of the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Nationals which was started in Indianola,Iowa in 1970 and flown here for 18 years, then Indianola started their own race called the National Balloon Classic which is flying in August yearly. We have exhibits and collections that help the public better understand ballooning and its history from 1783 to the present.

Artifact Collections

We have collections of meterology, barrage ballooning, gas, hot air and smoke ballooning, Hall of Fame memoribilia.

Research Collections

We have a fabulous ballooning/aviation research library which is open to the public.

Educational Programs

We have a learning center for children-adults providing a reading place for children and families with games, and coloring of balloons etc. Included is a video game called "Hot Air Pilot" which is a game for virtual flying of a hot air balloon.
We have a space designated as a theater for the showing of videos and PowerPoint slide presentations about ballooning and ballooning history. Activities for childrens groups are scheduled regularly.


Lecture Halls


Board of Directors made of of 14 persons


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


Newsletter - quarterly


Wheelchair Accessible



Tours are $5.00 and need to be reserved ahead. We also can schedule an additional tour at a local Balloon manufacturer for an additional fee of $5.00 each.

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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