National Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect opportunity for us all to learn more about Hispanic history, culture, and art. And visiting an exhibit can help you do just that. Check with your local library or museum—they usually have special exhibits in honor of special heritage months. If you are interested in visiting a new museum or cultural center in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the three suggestions listed below.
3 Hispanic Museums You’ve Got to Check Out
National Hispanic Cultural Center
With an art museum, library, genealogy center, and educational resources, the National Hispanic Cultural Center is a great place to learn all about Hispanic heritage in this country. One of their current exhibits is the “People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements,” a collection of photos and testimonials from New Mexican social movements. And then there’s “¡Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte!,” a collection of artworks by Hispanic, Chicano, and Latino artists.
The museum is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. So if you live in the area, consider stopping by. You can find more information here.
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Located in Austin, Texas, this cultural center is dedicated to the preservation and creation of Latino cultural arts and heritage. It has art exhibitions, including an outside sculpture gallery. And it offers educational classes (such as bilingual music classes) and special events, like movie screenings from Mexico’s Golden Era in cinema.
If you’re ever in the Austin area and you want to learn more about Latino art, be sure to check out the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Or go see a Teatro Vivo show. Teatro Vivo is a Latino-based, bilingual theatrical production, which is sponsored through the Center. You can find more information on their latest shows here.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
If you’re in California, consider heading to Los Angeles and checking out the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The center offers exhibits and dynamic programs about Mexican and Mexican-American culture. One of their current exhibits is “¡Ya Basta! The East L.A. Walkouts and the Power of Protest.” This exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the East Los Angeles walkouts—a 1968 student-led protest against discrimination.
Beyond their exhibits, the museum hosts seminars and events. For more information, check out the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes website.
Bonus. Can’t get to a museum this month? Check out online archives instead. The National Archives Museum website has mini-exhibits, including pictures and documents, about important events in Hispanic American history. Click the links to find out more about the mistreatment of Mexican American soldiers in the 1940s, the Delano Grape Strike in the 1960s, and the 1943 Zoot Suite Riots.