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We need a National American Latino Museum

The contributions of American Latinos to this nation date back to even before its creation, and we are committed to rightfully honoring those stories with a national institution. Currently there are over 50.5 million Americans of Latino descent in this country, representing more than 16% of the U.S. population. The passing of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum is vital for the development of this growing population that is estimated to total 25% of the U.S. population by 2050.

The Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act

  • Site Designation: The bill proposes several sites for the future home of a museum, including: The Arts and Industries Building of the Smithsonian Institution A vacant area bounded by Independence Avenue, Jefferson Drive, Raoul Wallenberg Place, and 14th Street Southwest, currently under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The area bounded by 3rd Street and 1st Street, Northwest and Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue,Northwest, currently under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. The facility and grounds on the National Mall between 12th and 14th Streets, Southwest, and Jefferson Drive and Independence Avenue, Southwest, currently under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. Any other appropriate location as identified by the Board of Trustees or Board of Regents.
  • Site Development: The legislation gives the Board of Regents 24 months to conduct a plan of action to study the best way to plan, design, fund and construct an American Latino Museum, taking into account the Commission’s report.
  • Funding: Like all Smithsonian museums before it, this museum will be a public private partnership; utilizing public funds, but not without private investment of 50% of the construction costs.

View the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act