Review: Balloon Museum NYC

A Colorful Journey into the Skies

By Anu Kapur, Publisher, Lower Manhattan Macaroni KID & Upper West Side Macaroni KID November 28, 2023

    Welcome to the mesmerizing world of the Balloon Museum, situated at Pier 36 in New York City, where imagination takes flight and the wonders of ballooning come to life. If you're looking for a unique and exciting museum experience, the Balloon Museum is a must-visit destination. From its fascinating and engaging exhibits, the museum is fun for kids and adults. The museum should be at the top of your list for your next New York adventure.

    The Balloon Museum is housed in a large 80,000-square-foot warehouse-style building. There are 18 unique installations created by different artists like Camilla Falsini, Karina Smigla – Bobinski and Max Streicher, just to name a few. Inside, prepare to be captivated by the museum's thoughtfully curated exhibits, which showcase the science, art, and technology of ballooning. The first few exhibits are timed, after that, you can wander through the halls for as long as you like and immerse yourself in the interactive displays. 

    Each of the exhibits is exciting in itself. The Hypercosmo ball pit and the Airscape virtual reality experiences stood out as the most memorable ones for my family, but I don't want to give away too much and spoil the surprises. The museum encourages touching and interacting with the installations. Visitors can easily spend 2-3 hours at the museum and it is a must-see destination.

Plan Your Visit

Now that we have piqued your interest, let's discuss how to plan your visit to the Balloon Museum

Location and Hours
Located at Pier 36, 299 South St, the museum is easily accessible via public transportation or private vehicle. It is open from Tuesday to Thursday: 2 pm - 9 pm, Friday 2 pm - 10 pm, Saturday 10 am - 10 pm, and Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm. Last admission is one hour before the museum closes. 

Ticket Information and Pricing
To ensure a hassle-free visit, it is recommended to purchase your tickets online in advance. On weekdays, tickets are priced at $45.00 for everyone over 16 years, $35 for kids 3 - 15 years and $150 for a family pack (2 adults + 2 children). On weekends and holidays prices are $59 for everyone over 16 years, $49 for kids 3 - 15 years, and $200 for a family pack (2 adults + 2 children). 

The museum offers amenities such as restrooms, a gift shop, and a small café, ensuring your comfort throughout your visit.

    The Balloon Museum is a hidden gem in the bustling metropolis of New York City, offering a unique blend of science and art. The museum is sure to create memorable experiences with your family or friends. So, embark on this colorful adventure and let your imagination soar as you delve into the captivating world of the Balloon Museum. 

It is advisable to visit the official Balloon Museum NYC website for the most up-to-date information regarding tickets.