Smithsonian Latino Center

The Smithsonian Latino Center serves as the corazón (heart) of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. Through its exhibits, initiatives and programs, it unlocks the dynamic Latino stories that shape national experience and identity in the U.S. In preserving and presenting these stories, the center empowers a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for the enduring contributions of Latinos to the country in a way that celebrates Latino presence in American history and culture and convenes inclusive conversations about the stories that continue to inspire generations to come. For more information, visit www.latino.si.edu.

The Smithsonian Latino Center offers fun learning opportunities that celebrate Latinidad.

Six Fun Learning Activities for April

April 17th, 2020, 3:13PM
Visitors in the gallery are confronted not just with the violence of colonization, but with the agency of Native and African resistance in the Caribbean, as well. Graphic design by Barbara Suhr for NMAI. Photo by Lawrence Waldron.

A Funeral for the Caribbean’s Native Extinction Hypothesis

October 25th, 2019, 4:48PM
Comic book illustration from La Borinqueña #1,written and created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Illustration by Will Rosado and digital colors by Juan Fernández.© 2016 SomosArte, LLC.

We Are Still Here: The First Taíno Movement Exhibition

October 15th, 2019, 5:42PM
1992 stamp commemorating the life and work of Bartolomé de las Casas, a Dominican friar who denounced Spanish abuses against the Caribbean's Native people. Though he regretted it later, he recommended increasing the number of enslaved Africans to lessen the burden on Native communities. Courtesy of the National Postal Museum. Estampilla de 1992 en conmemoración de la vida y trabajo de Bartolomé de las Casas, un fraile dominicano que denunció los abusos de los españoles contra los pueblos indígenas del Caribe. Aunque luego se arrepintió, recomenó aumentar el número de africanos esclavizados para mitigar la carga de las comunidades indígenas. Cortesía del Museo Nacional del Correo.

Rereading Bartolomé de las Casas

August 29th, 2019, 1:58PM
Promotional image of the Caminos exhibit on display at Arte Américas. (Courtesy of Arte Américas)

The Importance of Latinx Representation in Museums

August 26th, 2019, 1:10PM
Museum Environments / Branded Environments LLC
2018 SLC Day of the Dead. From left to right: Melissa Carrillo, SLC New Media & Technology Director; Xanath Caraza, Scholar and Writer; Frida Larios, Artist; José A. Ralat, Digital Media Specialist. Photo by Tyler Orsburn.

Smithsonian Latino Center Day of the Dead Celebration 2018

November 8th, 2018, 9:22AM
Hollywood Forever Collections. Smithsonian Latino Center, 2012.

Remembering the Dearly Departed: Day of the Dead Celebration

October 25th, 2018, 3:00PM
Smithsonian Latino Center avatar representation of La Llorona

Ante el río / Before the River

October 23rd, 2018, 2:34PM
Smithsonian Latino Center, Hollywood Forever Collections

Literary Calaveras

October 23rd, 2018, 12:15PM