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7 Hispanic Heritage Museums in the U.S. That You Need to Visit

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Written by Going Places

This blog post was updated on February 6, 2023.

All across America, communities are doing more to recognize the innumerable contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to U.S. history, society, and culture. You can find plenty of museums all around the country that open their doors to provide educational and entertaining information about Hispanic arts and social movements.

Don’t know where to start? Here are 7 must-see Hispanic Heritage museums across the U.S. to include in your next vacation itinerary!

La Villita Historic Arts Village – San Antonio

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La Villita in downtown San Antonio, Texas

If you’re the type of person who prefers a hands-on experience with history, then there’s no better place than La Villita. This small-village-turned-arts-community on the south bank of the San Antonio Riverwalk was one of the town’s first neighborhoods. Now, it’s full of Hispanic history and artifacts, showcasing everything from Spanish architecture to Mexican folk art to handmade jewelry and pottery. Strolling through is an experience like no other!

Bowers Museum – Orange County, CA


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California is home to one of the largest Hispanic populations in all of North America. But have you ever wondered when it all started? The Bowers Museum is sure to offer some insight and answers to at least a few questions, thanks to its many temporary exhibitions featuring California’s first Spanish Missions, artifacts used by Hispanic migrants, or lifestyle during Mexico’s rule. Be sure to check it out when you’re in the OC!

El Museo del Barrio – New York City


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It is not a surprise that a city with such an rich Hispanic culture would also boast a great museum exploring this heritage. El Museo del Barrio is located in East Harlem across from Central Park. The museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the area’s Hispanic heritage with a variety of film programs, visual and performing arts series, cultural traditions and celebrations, and educational outreach services. The exhibits represent a diverse landscape of Hispanic cultures, including Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American subsets. In addition to the in-person exhibitions, the museum also offers online events for those wanting to explore the culture from their own home.

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture – Chicago

The only national museum solely focused on Puerto Rican arts and culture, this museum is the definitive source for all things relating to Puerto Rico. The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture offers three newly renovated galleries as well as a bevy of art classes, educational workshops, live entertainment options, and more. Be sure to spend some time in the relaxing courtyard after visiting the galleries of this comprehensive museum. The facility is located in the heart of the historic Humboldt Park Stables at the western entrance to the Paseo Boricua, the city’s hub of Puerto Rican culture.

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Museum of Latin American Art – Long Beach, California

Conveniently located just blocks from the waters of Long Beach, the Museum of Latin American Art makes for a perfect visit when you’re exploring this quintessential Southern California beach town. A bevy of rotating exhibitions means that there is always something new to see at the MOLAA. The museum also prides itself on its many events throughout the year, including free lectures, formal galas, comic expos, and more. The MOLAA En Casa program allows you to access the exhibits and collections from your home. Or try one of the many guided virtual tours of the museum to help to enhance your experience.

El Museo Latino – South Omaha, Nebraska


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The mission of El Museo Latino is to share collections from the Latino arts of the Americas. The museum aims to increase the visibility of local Latino artists while sharing global Latino art with the city of Omaha. Here you will find works and collections by Latin artists dating for pre-Columbian times to the present. The cultural education programs are appropriate for adults, teens, and children, ensuring that there is something for everyone. El Museo Latino is also known for its yearly Cinco de Mayo festival which brings together the Omaha Hispanic community in one place. This facility is located near the junction of Interstate 75 and Interstate 275.

National Hispanic Cultural Center – Albuquerque

As if anybody needed a good excuse to book cheap flights to New Mexico, the National Hispanic Cultural Center complex covers 20 acres, featuring three theaters, an expansive plaza, an art museum, a genealogy center, and much more. The center is committed to the preservation and advancement of the Hispanic culture through the use of art exhibits, lectures, classes, and performing arts. Don’t forget to leave time to grab a bite to eat at the Pop Fizz Mexican-style ice cream shop or at the delicious La Fonda del Bosque, offering a mouth-watering array of Latin fusion cuisine. This facility is located in the historic neighborhood of Barelas, providing the ideal authentic backdrop for this experience.

Have any favorite Hispanic heritage museums to add to the list? Let us know what they are in the comments section!

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