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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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Recent News

Sec. Bunch Letter – Press Release

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino Applaud the Bipartisan Effort of 24 United States Senators and Nearly 80 House Members Who Came Together to Urge Smithsonian Leadership to Build the Latino Museum on the National Mall —- WASHINGTON, D.C.— In two bipartisan letters sent Monday from 24 United States Senators and nearly 80 Members […]

Sec. Bunch Letter – House of Representatives

The following letter was sent to Sec. Bunch on Nov. 22nd on behalf of a bipartisan group of 82 Members of Congress. To read the original letter, click here. Lonnie G. Bunch III Secretary The Smithsonian Institution Dear Secretary Bunch: The 116th Congress saw the passage of the creation of two new Smithsonian Museums into […]

Sec. Bunch Letter – US Senate

The following letter was submitted to Sec. Lonnie Bunch on behalf of 24 Senators from both parties on November 22nd. To see the original letter, please click here. — Lonnie G. Bunch IIISecretaryThe Smithsonian Institution cc: Smithsonian Board of Regents Dear Secretary Bunch: The 116th Congress saw the passage of the creation of two new […]

Partnership with National Women’s History Museum Coalition

In the spirit of empowerment through collaboration, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino organization is proud to announce a new partnership with the National Women’s History Museum Coalition. The Coalition is composed of more than 60 national organizations, predominantly women’s groups, with educational, professional and/or service missions. These like-missioned organizations have demonstrated […]