Google’s Visitor Experience Invites Community To Explore Headquarters

Outside of the Google Gradient Canopy
Outside of the Google Gradient Canopy / Ronny Hu

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google opened its headquarters to the public on Oct. 12 for tech fans and tourists to visit. The “Google Visitor Experience” welcomes people to immerse themselves in innovation, art and community. Inside the Gradient Canopy building sits the first physical Google Store, where people can purchase Google merchandise and products. Next to it is a cafe and community space for workshops, and a pop-up marketplace featuring local businesses. The opening was part of Google’s 25th anniversary celebration. For the first time, Google welcomed the general public to its campus. Previously, only guests of permanent employees could have the opportunity to tour the headquarters.

Photo of a sculpture outside of the Google Gradient Canopy
Visitors walk outside of the Google Gradient Canopy, where interactive artwork stood. (Ronny Hu/Peninsula Press)
Crowds stand outside of the Google Store
People wait in line to enter the first physical Google Store on Oct. 12, 2023. (Ronny Hu/Peninsula Press)
A wide view of the Gradient Canopy on the Google campus
A full view of the Google Gradient Canopy (Ronny Hu/Peninsula Press)


  • Ronny Hu

    Ronny was born in Palos Verdes, California, and raised in Taipei and Hong Kong. She holds bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Law, History & Culture from the University of Southern California. At USC, she was a researcher at the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and a founding editor at elevASIAN, where journalists redefine what being "Asian American" means. Before coming to Stanford, Ronny worked as an associate editor and assistant producer at Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper. At Stanford, she focuses on delivering human interest stories in the worlds of technology, finance and sports in innovative ways. In her free time, she enjoys reading personal development and international politics books, food blogging, golfing and learning Greek.

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