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Locations Have Been Selected for Two New Smithsonian Museums

Town and Country 9 mins ago Emily Burack
The selected spots for National Museum of the American Latino and the American Women’s History Museum now must be approved by Congress © U.S. Air Force - Getty Images The selected spots for National Museum of the American Latino and the American Women’s History Museum now must be approved by Congress

Two new Smithsonian museums are one step closer to breaking ground.

The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents announced yesterday it had selected locations for its new museums, the National Museum of the American Latino and the American Women’s History Museum.

The Board of Regents proposed a site on the southwest portion of the National Mall, controlled by the National Park Service. The site is currently a playing field, and is across from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's currently a "Reserve," a no-build zone—but both the African American Museum and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial exist within that zone.

"The Board of Regents has been committed to meeting the December deadline Congress set for the selection of sites for these important new museums," Steve Case, chairman of the board, told The Washington Post. "Our search has narrowed to two sites on the National Mall that we believe are optimal, and appropriate. We hope Congress will now consider legislation so we can move forward, as we seek to more fully showcase our collective American journey."

Before the locations are finalized, Congress must approve the decision. The two most recent museums to open on the Mall were the National Museum of the American Indian and the African American Museum in 2004 and 2016, respectively.

Both the women's history museum and the national Latino museum were authorized by Congress in 2020.

"Creating new museums is challenging, but, with appropriate funding, the Smithsonian has the skill and expertise to do it right. We can, and have, created museums that meet the needs of the nation and showcase the U.S. to the world," Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III said at the time.

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