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.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Join the National Museum of the American Latino as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Explore our events, virtual exhibitions, educational resources, and more!


Who are we as Americans? Who are we as Latinos? Latino Identity is complex, diverse, and personal. In Somos (We Are), a video documentary by Alberto Ferreras, a diverse group of Latinos discuss their identity, family histories, and experiences. Below is a preview of the full 15-minute video which you can watch in the Molina Family Latino Gallery.

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Somos, Directed by Alberto Ferreras for the National Museum of the American Latino
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Healing Uvalde: Art as Healing

The National Museum of the American Latino is featuring an online virtual exhibit on the Healing Uvalde Mural Project. The Healing Uvalde Mural project is a collaboration with the Uvalde community, family members and artists to create 21 murals honoring those killed in the Robb Elementary mass shooting.  View all 21 murals in our virtual exhibition and learn more about this project honoring the lives lost on May 24, 2022.

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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

Now open at the National Museum of American History, 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.

About the Molina Gallery

Sharing Latino History and Culture

The National Museum of the American Latino increases access to Latino art, history, and culture through public programseducational materialscareer 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.

About the Latino Museum

Representation Matters

Future generations should see themselves reflected in our national story. Your gift to the National Museum of the American Latino ensures that U.S. history is told from the perspectives of the diverse Latinas and Latinos who lived it.

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