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One of family, patriotism, hard work, ingenuity, and pride in the country we’ve all built together.

American Latinos are veterans, artists, athletes, business leaders–active participants in every walk of life. Latino communities have been an integral part of America since well before the founding of this great nation.

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Join us in calling for the building of a Smithsonian museum to house them.

Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) is a non-profit, charitable organization, and is the only initiative dedicated to the creation of a National American Latino Museum.

The need for representation of American Latinos on the National Mall has been publicly acknowledged by the Smithsonian itself for more than 20 years.

“Latinos are woven into the fabric of America. All Americans benefit from a greater understanding of Latino contributions to this great country”

– Gina Rodriguez

What Would You Include?

Frida’s cast. Rudolfo Anaya’s manuscripts. Anthony Muñoz’s zapatos. The stethoscope of Helen Rodríguez Trías. Tell us the stories, people, events, or objects you believe should be featured in the American Latino Museum.

What I want to highlight for inclusion in the eventual Museum of the American Latino:

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FRIENDS APPLAUDS SMITHSONIAN FOR IDENTIFYING OPTIMAL MUSUEM LOCATIONS

WASHINGTON—Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) applauds the Smithsonian Board of Regents for narrowing its focus to two locations on the National Mall for the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum: the South Monument site and the Tidal Basin site.  “This announcement is great [...]

FRIENDS Applauds Announcement to Prioritize Four Locations

FRIENDS APPLAUDS THE SMITHSONIAN’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO PRIORITIZE FOUR LOCATIONS FOR FUTURE LATINO MUSEUM Washington, D.C. – Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) celebrates the Smithsonian Institution’s statement this morning announcing that it will prioritize four locations for the future National Museum of the American Latino and the National Women’s History Museum. […]

FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO LAUNCHES 11th ANNUAL DESIGN CONTEST WITH A CALL FOR ENTRIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) today announced its 11th Annual Design Contest with a call for artists to submit their best work that depicts and celebrates Latino history and culture in the United States. This year’s design contest theme is “Build it on the National Mall.” The top 10 designs […]

Design Contest 2022

Design Contest Announcement On May 12, 2022, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) announced Fatima Olea as the winner of its 11th Annual Design Contest. Fatima Olea is an illustrator from Arizona and won for her submission titled A little bird told me, pictured above. ““Keep dreaming, but never stop painting” […]