El Museo Latino

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Photograph of El Museo Latino entrance with the original “Livestock Exchange” brick work above the arched entry.

In 1993, El Museo Latino became the first Latino art and history museum in the Midwest. The museum and cultural center are located inside the Livestock Exchange Building—a visually striking and historically significant property in Omaha, Nebraska. Constructed in 1926, Omaha’s livestock exchange rivaled markets in Chicago and Kansas City as one of the busiest cattle markets in the country. In the late 1950s, at the peak of its success, Omaha’s livestock industry employed nearly half of the city’s workforce. [1]

After the industry declined in the late 1970s, the occupants of the Livestock Exchange Building went from being the center of Omaha’s cattle industry to the center of Latino art, culture and research for the entire Midwest. Visit to learn more about the museum’s exhibitions, programming, events and academic resource center.



  • [1] “Nebraska SP Livestock Exchange Building,” National Archives Catalog, accessed 2020,



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