Over the last five years the project has progressed through a number of stages including planning, museum design, land purchase, pre-construction arrangements and finally into the fund-raising stage.
Current plans call for construction to start in 2021 and depending on the construction time a grand opening late 2022.
The property was selected after an extensive study of all the interstate intersections within 5 miles of Statesville, NC. The property was purchased in two parcels totaling 3.62 acres over a three year period. Located immediately adjacent to Interstate 40 just 1 mile from the intersection of I-40 and I-77 with easy access from Exit 154.
The seven story tall museum will be visible for 1,000 feet in either direction from I-40. The old saying "Location, Location, Location" really does apply here. With 43,000 cars per day passing within a few hundred feet, we're hoping for many, many visitors!
As you enter the museum you'll be amazed to see a real hot air balloon inflated in the center. It stands seven stories tall!
A balloon like this can carry a pilot and two passengers for a two hour flight.
Walking through this balloon on the 4th floor will give you a perspective unlike any other!
For an amazing 360° up close view of the balloon interior, stroll through the balloon inside the suspended Balloon Sky Walk.
To really appreciate the size, construction, and colors of the balloon, take your time! It's like being inside a giant kaleidoscope!
From local to international, the large museum floor is filled with balloon aviation history. You'll walk through displays that tell stories and show artifacts from over 230 years of ballooning.
Accounts of great adventures and pioneers of the skies are waiting to greet you. Advances in materials, technology, and technique, along with those who made them possible are here to inspire.
Who knows which visitors might be the next to soar to new heights and
On these floors, over 250 balloon exhibits will be on display. You'll be introduced to local, national, and international balloonists and manufacturers and their stories and innovations.
Learn who you can join for a "come fly with me" balloon flight and where to get flight training or purchase a balloon of your own.
If you have ever dreamed of becoming a balloonist, this is the perfect way to start your Up, Up, and Away adventure.
Enjoy relaxing on the 7th floor roof top Observation Deck. Comfortably furnished with umbrella covered tables and chairs. Grab a snack or drink from a vending machine while you take a break and enjoy the 360°, panoramic view of the local countryside and Brushy Mountains to the northwest.
Take in some of the adventure of ballooning in one of the first floor theaters. You can experience a balloon flight from inflation, through flight, and to the landing. Short features will answer questions like, "How do you steer a balloon?" or, find are never certain where they're final landing place will be or what new friends will be made there.
You can also drop by the snack and break area to reflect on your jounney so far.
And, don't forget the gift shop!