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Google tour of garage that served as its first headquarters



Google Garage
can take a virtual tour to the garage where Google was

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  • Google has recreated the modest garage that served
    as its first headquarters to celebrate 20 years of Google
  • The virtual tour can be found through Google Street
    View, and allows users to peer into the cluttered space that
    gave rise to the most popular search engine in the
  • You can also find easter eggs within the map by turning
    on a neon light and opening a trap door.

To celebrate 20 years of Google Search, Google is taking users
inside the place where it was born — a garage.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page used Susan Wojcicki’s garage in Menlo
Park, California, as Google’s original headquarters in 1998.

As well as the usual birthday doodle, Google has done up the
garage to take it back in time, letting users explore Brin and
Page’s original base of operations. You can find the map
on Google Street View, or via this blog post

As you enter the garage, you can find a desktop computer
displaying Google’s beta version, complete with the exclamation

The garage is pretty cluttered, but
in a blog post, Google said
 Brin and Page were
particularly happy to get a washing machine and dryer included in
their rent.

While exploring the garage Business Insider also spotted a fluffy
elephant and hippo among the items strewn around the boxes and

You can explore a bit further down the hallway to find a
bedroom-turned-main-office with “Google Worldwide Headquarters”
written on a whiteboard.

Google Worldwide Headquarters
Worldwide Headquarters, as it was in 1998.

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Inside the headquarters you can see an allusion to the 1998 logo
change, which removed the exclamation mark.

Google logo
or “Google!”


There are easter eggs to be found if, as you explore, you
turn on a neon “Google” sign and open a trapdoor.

Upon returning to the garage after doing this, Business Insider
found a pair of modded glasses sitting on the table, which could
be a nod to Brin’s Google Glass project.

Google glasses
These glasses appeared in
Susan’s garage.


We also found a reference to
Google’s first office dog Yoshka
, as a cushion appeared on a
chair complete with a lead and staff ID.

cushion, lead, and ID all point to Google’s first office dog,


There are doubtless plenty more in-jokes to be found by roving
around Susan’s garage.

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