While fans were a staple of the eighteenth-century woman’s wardrobe, visitors to the exhibition Fans of the Eighteenth Century at the de Young may be surprised to learn that these accessories were also useful social tools.

How do you recreate the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan in Minecraft? Block by block, of course!

In conjunction with the exhibition Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, the de Young Museum recently released its free Minecraft map of Teotihuacan. The map allows players to visit the ceremonial center of this ancient metropolis and explore towering pyramids, grand plazas, maze-like apartment complexes, and more, all on a 1:1 scale.

Have you ever felt, when visiting a museum, that your entire time was spent reading the wall text? Have you ever wished you could enter an exhibition already knowing the major themes and basic facts so you could spend more time looking closely at the objects on view? Or maybe you would just like to impress your date with casual knowledge on what you’re about to see? We have the solution: our new Digital Stories.

Visitors to the exhibition Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire (September 30, 2017–February 11, 2018) will be able to visit the city of Teotihuacan itself via the popular game Minecraft. The free downloadable map depicts the ancient city on a 1:1 scale and allows players to experience walking along the Street of the Dead, ascending the steps to the top of the Sun Pyramid, and even exploring the recently discovered tunnel under the Feathered Serpent Pyramid.

Like you, we were devastated to learn that not one but two earthquakes have crippled the regions of Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Mexico City in recent weeks. Our hearts are with our friends, colleagues, and others affected.

Today, in partnership with Google and 50 cultural institutions around the world, the de Young launches our latest collaboration with Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures in the US.