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The Smithsonian Announces Possible Locations for New Museums for Women and Latinos

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The Smithsonian Institution (Photo: YAYImages/Depositphotos)

The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, compromising of 19 museums. And, in the next decade or so, the institution intends on adding another two museums to its collection. One is the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum and the other is the National Museum of the American Latino.

Both of these projects have been in the works for several years but were only authorized by Congress in 2020. Now, the Smithsonian announced another exciting development, with a selection of four possible building sites for future museums. This includes The Arts and Industries Building located next to the Smithsonian Castle, a section of undeveloped land located north of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, a section of undeveloped land across from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and a section of undeveloped land near Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W. and Maine Avenue S.W.

“The National Museum of the American Latino will showcase Latino history, art, culture, and scientific achievements to tell a deeper, more nuanced, and complete story about who we are as a nation,” says Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution A recently opened exhibition at the National Museum of American History entitled ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States, which covers the history of the U.S. through Latino perspectives, offers a preview of what the intended museum will be like.

Similarly, the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum can be currently experienced online during the long wait for a physical location. “The Smithsonian wants the role of women in American history to be well-known, accurate, acknowledged, and empowering,” it says on the Smithsonian website. “The museum will recognize women’s accomplishments, the history they made, and the communities they represent.”

While there is a lot of anticipation for these two museums, the Smithsonian believes they will open in at least 10 years from now, and potentially even longer. “It's an intricate process,” explains Jorge Zamanillo, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Latino. “We know it's over a decade of fundraising and design construction and all those things,” he adds. Still, it seems like the new museums will definitely be worth the wait.

The Smithsonian Institution has announced four possible locations for two new museums.

Museum of African American History and Culture

One of the possible museum sites is undeveloped land across from The National Museum of African American History and Culture (pictured), which opened in 2016 (Photo: 3000ad/Depositphotos)

One is the Museum of the American Latino and the other is the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum.

Smithsonian Castle

View of the Smithsonian Castle. Another possible location for the new museums is The Arts and Industries Building, located next to the Smithsonian Castle (Photo: bloodua/Depositphotos)

It is estimated that these museums will open in 10–12 years.

Capitol Reflecting Pool

View of the United States Capitol behind the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Another proposed site for the new Smithsonian museums is north of the Capitol Reflecting Pool (Photo: Sophie_James/Depositphotos)

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h/t: [NPR]

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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