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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.

Our Stories
Can’t Stay Silent

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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Latino Leaders Sign on to a Letter Urging the Smithsonian Secretary to Place the Latino Museum on the National Mall

MORE THAN 100 INFLUENTIAL LATINO LEADERS SIGN ON TO A LETTER URGING THE SMITHSONIAN SECRETARY TO ENSURE THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO GETS ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE ON THE NATIONAL MALL Read the letter and add your name by clicking here WASHINGTON—After a triumphant year in 2020 with getting the National Museum of the American […]

Sec. Bunch Letter | Site Consideration for the National Museum of the American Latino

On May 20th, the letter below was delivered to Secretary Lonnie Bunch, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The letter was co-signed by over 100 influential supporters. To add your name to this list, please click here.  Lonnie G. Bunch III Secretary The Smithsonian Institution PO Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012 May 20, 2021 […]

FRIENDS OF THE AMERICAN LATINO MUSEUM  LAUNCHES VOTING FOR THE 10th ANNUAL DESIGN CONTEST

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FNMAL Makes Board of Trustee Recommendations

FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO MAKESBOARD OF TRUSTEES RECOMMENDATION TO SMITHSONIAN REGENTS  WASHINGTON—The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) has made an important step in advancing its mission by making formal recommendations for the future National American Latino Museum’s Board of Trustees to the Smithsonian Board of […]