The Smithsonian is building the National Museum of the American Latino to recognize the accomplishments, history, and culture of the Latino communities.
Congress enacted legislation in 2020 to establish an American Latino museum in Washington, DC. The planning process is currently underway. Learn more about the American Latino museum.
From the Director
Watch this brief message from Jorge Zamanillo, the new director of the National Museum of the American Latino.
See America through the Latino experience in the first-ever exhibition presented by the National Museum of the American Latino. ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States offers an introduction to the important ideas, moments, and people that shine a light on the many ways Latinas and Latinos shaped the nation.
Molina Family Latino Gallery
Opening this Summer on June 18, 2022, the Molina Family Latino Gallery tells U.S. history from the perspectives of the diverse Latinas and Latinos who lived it. The first exhibition will uncover hidden and forgotten stories, connect visitors to Latino culture, and lay the foundation for understanding how Latinas and Latinos inform and shape U.S. history.
Sharing Latino History and Culture
The National Museum of the American Latino increases access to Latino art, history, and culture through public programs, educational materials, career and leadership development, and financial support. Since 2010, the Latino Curatorial Initiative has funded 20 positions for Latino curators, archivists and curatorial assistants across the Institution.