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Smithsonian Latino Center

Celebrating Latino culture, achievements, and contributions.


Created in 1997, the Smithsonian Latino Center works pan-institutionally with the entire network of Smithsonian museums, research centers, programs and almost 200 affiliates nationwide to ensure that Latino culture, achievement and contributions are celebrated and recognized.

The Smithsonian Latino Center ensures that Latino contributions to the arts, sciences, and humanities are highlighted, understood, and advanced through the development and support of public programs, research, museum collections, and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution.


  • We develop and manage educational programs, products, and outreach.
  • We promote public awareness of Latino programs at the Smithsonian's museums and affiliates across the United States.
  • We support cultural, historical, and scientific projects across the Institution representing significant Latino achievement through funding and technical assistance.


Education and public programming are the cornerstones of what we do. Throughout the year students, adults, and families are treated to a myriad of opportunities to engage in and learn about Latino life and culture. Our programs and services include:

  • Young Ambassadors Program
  • Latino Museum Studies Program
  • Latino Virtual Museum and Gallery
  • Exhibitions
  • Bilingual School Tours of Smithsonian Exhibits
  • Concerts, Films, Guest Lectures, Panel Discussions
  • School and Family Day Programming
  • Community Outreach and Engagement

Technology plays a key role in our programs and services. The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) provides an immersive online educational experience to our visitors. Whether you are helping to build an altar for Day of the Dead or attending a poetry reading in a virtual world, you will see and experience Latino art and culture in a whole new light.


By managing the Latino Initiatives Pool we are able to direct federal funds to other Smithsonian units and museums to further their work in promoting and showcasing Latino arts and culture. Since 1995 this pool has funded over 300 projects across the Institution, providing close to $20 million for exhibitions, public programs, research, publications, fellowships, and internships.


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