Smithsonian suggests it may one day establish Latino history museum





The Smithsonian Institution on Monday ruled out plans to outsource the renovation and operation of one of its oldest buildings on the National Mall, keeping open the possibility that it could one day become a Latino history museum.

The Smithsonian's governing board declined to move forward with any of the 11 proposals solicited from outside groups that involved plans to lease and refurbish the 127-year-old Arts and Industries Building. Proposals called for using the building as a food court, restaurant, exhibit space, visitor center or public auditorium, officials said.

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