Google Expeditions


Google Expeditions enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality (VR) content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° panoramas and 3D images — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.

Google is working with a number of partners, including: WNET, PBS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, David Attenborough with production company Alchemy VR and many of the Google Cultural Institute museum partners to create custom educational content that spans the universe.


Get started

Expeditions are group experiences with a guide leading and the explorers following along. We recommend a tablet for the guide and phones with Cardboard, a virtual reality viewer, for the explorers. You can purchase a kit with the recommended devices from Best Buy Education or you can make your own.

If you want to put together your own kit, you can use the app with Android tablets and phones. Expeditions will run on any Android (4.4 and above) or iOS (8.0 and above) device, but multiple devices are required to use the app. The phones or the iPod Touch used with a virtual reality viewer need to meet the required specifications.

Required specifications:

  • A gyroscope and accelerometer: This is essential for determining orientation and doing head-tracking in virtual reality viewer.
  • Android 4.4 or later OR iOS 8.0 or later
  • 1GB ram

Even if your phones meet the required specifications, some devices may still not be able to use Expeditions. For more certainty and a better experience, we recommend some additional specifications and features.

When you have your devices, download the Expeditions app from Google Play (for Android) or from iTunes (for iOS). The first time you open Expeditions, you’ll be offered a brief demonstration of the app. In the demo, tap Full Screen  to see how the app works without a viewer.

How To……

To work Google Expeditions you need a minimum of two devices.  One device for the Guide and one for the Explorer(s).  You can have numerous devices for the explorers.  All devices must be on the same WIFI to be properly connected.


  1. The teacher (or group leader) will lead to select on LEAD and the rest of the students (group members) will click on FOLLOW.








#2 – The Guide will need to select the Expedition they wish to go on (see the list from below, there are 351 expeditions as of November 2016) . The Guide will need to download the expedition, then click on the picture of the expedition.





#3 – The expedition will launch and the leader will need to click on the RED play button.

Students will automatically be shown the expedition.


#4 – Once the expedition launches the students can move all over in 360 degrees to see all aspects of the image.  The Guide has a script that can be opened and started by click on the buttons at the botton of the Guide screen.  Guides can move students from one image to the next by clicking on the next image at the bottom of the guide screen.  Additionally there are points of interest for each image that when the Guide clicks on them then students are shown an arrow on their screen to move towards that part of the image.  The Guide can see where each student is looking as each student has a “smiley face” icon that represents the direction they are looking.


You can incorporate Expeditions into your lesson plans in many ways. To learn more about them, see Add Expeditions to your lessons.

We’re interested in hearing what you have to say about your experience with Expeditions. To send feedback, tap Menu Menuthen tap Feedback in the Expeditions app. You can also share experiences and ideas in our Expeditions Community or ask questions in the Google for Education Help Forum.


Currently (11/2/2016) here are the expeditions (351) that are available. Please check the app for most up to date expeditions as Google adds more expeditions with each app update!

Animals and Insects

  • Giant Devil’s Flower Mantis
  • Giant Animals
  • Polar Bears and the Arctic Ecosystem
  • Darkling Beetle
  • Ambush Bug
  • Jungle Nymph
  • The Whip Spider
  • Birds

Astronomy Expeditions

  • To the Moon with the Google Lunar XPRISE
  • Apollo/Saturn V Center
  • SpaceX
  • Astronomy
  • Rocket Garden
  • Frontiers of Flights
  • Solar System

Career Expeditions

  • Career Expedition: Product Engineer – JD Albert
  • Career Expedition: Metal Artisan – Rob Ferraroni
  • Career Expedition: Aquarist – Vicki Sawyer
  • Career Expedition: Manager Monell Cryo Facility – Julie Feinstein
  • Career Expedition: Dean of Engineering – Vijay Kumar
  • Career Expedition: Project Engineer – Gary Gibson
  • Career Expedition: Microbiome Scientist – Susan Perkins
  • Career Expedition: Airline Pilot – Pam Torell
  • Career Expedition: Mary Alice Williams – TV News Anchor
  • Career Expedition: Museum Photographer – Hyla Skopitz
  • Career Expedition: Civil Engineer – Arthur Alzamora
  • Career Expedition: Veterinarian – Dr. Carolyn Brown
  • Career Expedition: Handmade Product Entrepreneur – Nadira El Khang
  • Career Expedition: Public Defense Attorney – Shannon Cumberbatch
  • Career Expedition: Radio Producer – Sruthi Pinnamaneni
  • Career Expedition: Park Ranger, Sunny Corrao
  • Career Expedition: Social Worker, Xristina Bichay
  • Career Expedition: Chef/Restaurant Owner – Laura Franiosa
  • Career Expedition: Paleontologist – Mark Norrell
  • Career Expedition: Phamaracist – Ian Ginsberg
  • Thomas Mellon – Lawyer, Judge, Banker
  • TV Studios and Sets
  • Farming in Tanzania
  • Wildlife Careers
  • Responsible Manufacturing: Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Colleges and University Expeditions

  • George Washington University
  • Rutgers University
  • Boise State University
  • Fairfield University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Brandeis University
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of San Francisco
  • Colgate University
  • Chapman University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Princeton University
  • Pasadena City College
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Brown University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Stanford University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rice University
  • Howard Community College
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • Santa Clara University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Cornell University
  • University of California at Berkley
  • The California Academy of Sciences
  • Arizona State University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • George Mason University
  • Clemson University
  • Fordham University
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • The University of Texas at Austin

Diversity Expeditions

  • Ruinas astecas, maias e incas
  • Conoce a loss Dinosaurios
  • Estadios e ruas de Copa do Mundo no Brasil
  • Celebrating America’s Diversity
  • Los Viajes do Do Quijote
  • Pow Wows and Inter-Tribal Dances
  • Dia de los Muertos de Mexico
  • Storia della Vita
  • Education: Shaping Blangladesh’s Future
  • Cempoala
  • Fernando de Noronha
  • Girl Power to Beat Poverty in Bangladesh
  • Beating Ebola in Sierra Leone

Historical Places and Events

  • The Anne Spencer House
  • Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Historical Buildings in the UK
  • The Teepee
  • Thailand Royal Project
  • Crow Fair
  • US Monuments
  • The Route of Cervantes
  • The White House Holiday Tour
  • Dhaka Dawning – The Birth of Bandladesh
  • United States War Memorials
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Gallipoli, Turkish Cemeteries and Memorials
  • The National Mall
  • La Ruta De Cervantes (1547-1580)
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Angkor Wat
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield
  • US Elections
  • A National Trust Britanica
  • Parliament Hill
  • The Great Depression
  • Selma-Montgomery National Historic Trail
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park
  • Churchhill, Manitoba: Life in the Far North
  • Orange Blossom Cannonball Railroad
  • Australian Government House
  • Salem in 1630, Pioneer Village
  • Namhansanseong World Heritage Center
  • American Ghost Towns: Goldfield, Nevada
  • Ypres – World War I
  • American Expands West
  • Monumentos does Estados Unidos da America
  • The Florida Seminoles
  • Founding Fathers
  • The Witch House – Salem Home of Judge Jonathan Corwin
  • Chief Plenty Coups: From Teepees to Square Houses
  • Salem Village and the 1692 Witch Hysteria
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender New York History
  • The Space Race
  • Artifacts of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Pearl Harbor and Hawaii During World War II
  • Middle Ages and Renaissance Architecture
  • Women’s Suffrage in the United States
  • The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • The History of Jazz Music
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Salem Witch Trials
  • The Travels of Don Quixote
  • Chichen Itza
  • Hawai’i During World War II
  • World War II
  • The Democratic National Convention 2016
  • The Republican National Convention 2016
  • Historic Philadelphia
  • Antietam
  • Hokule’a’s Worldwide Voyage

Human Body Expeditions

  • The Heart
  • Respiratory System
  • The Auditory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Pregnancy
  • The Digestive System
  • Fertilization
  • Skeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • The Eyes
  • Circulatory System

Military Expeditions

  • USS Midway Museum
  • The Battleship USS Missouri
  • Onboard the USS Bowfin Submarine
  • Nuclear Disaster Aftermath: The Fall Out

Museums & Art Galleries Expeditions

  • The Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Mattox Family Home at the Henry Ford Museum
  • Guam Tourism Guide
  • Behind the Scenes at the Australian Museum
  • The Merchant’s House Museum
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt
  • National Museum of Korea
  • The Australian Museum
  • Senchenberg Nature Museum
  • An Intimate Look Inside the National Museum of Iraq
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • The Space Station Museum
  • Harvard Semtic MuseumMemorial Museum of Cosmonautics
  • American Museum of National History
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Muzeum Cimrmanovy Doby
  • Museum of Jara Cimrman

National Parks & Reserves

  • Mt Rushmore, Yosemite & Yellowstone
  • Jiuzhaigou National Park
  • Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Lovers Key State Park
  • Hawai’i Nei: Our Beautiful Islands
  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
  • America’s National Parks
  • Yellowstone
  • A Journey Along the Great Barrier Reef
  • California State Parks
  • The Everglades
  • Grand Canyon
  • Hawaii Nei: Our Beautiful Islands
  • The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
  • Gombe National Park
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Kruger National Park

Religious Expeditions

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Colonial Churches and Religion
  • Holy Places of Jerusalem
  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
  • Byodo-In Temple

Science Expeditions

  • Lower East Side Ecology Center
  • Australian Museum Specimens and Stores
  • Life Under Matriarchs
  • Six Wetlands
  • Discover Adaptation at the Discovery Center
  • Hydrogen Burning
  • Evolution
  • From the Stratosphere
  • Meet 8 National Science Experts
  • Borneo Rainforest, Plant Adaptions
  • Earthquakes
  • Borneo Rainforest, Animal Adaptations
  • Global Coral Bleaching Event
  • Volcanoes
  • Stratosphere
  • Fossil
  • Lost Creatures A Journey Through the Fossil Record of Queensland
  • Rocks, Minerals and Gems
  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystem of Borneo
  • Record Plant
  • Slovakian Caves
  • Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Science
  • Endangered Species
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Bikini Atoll
  • Environmental Change in Borneo
  • How People Use Natural Resources
  • Biodiversity and preservation
  • Earth’s Timeline
  • Tolbachik Volcano
  • CERN
  • Volcanoes Around the World
  • Dolomites
  • Meet the Dinosaurs – Royal Belegian Institute of Natural Sciences
  • Conservation International Film: Valen’s Reef
  • Biomes
  • Dinosaur Walk at Melbourne Museum
  • Exploring Inside of a Arctic Glacier
  • Adaptation
  • The Great Migration

Technology & Engineering Expeditions

  • Googleplex
  • Engineering in the Everglades
  • From Assembly to Launch: A Rocket’s Journey
  • Spirit: The Secret Life of a Robot
  • Sims Municipal Recycling
  • Google Fiber Network Construction
  • Golden Hills Wind Energy Center
  • Recycling Plants
  • El Romero Solar Photovoltaic Plant
  • Univeristy of Central Florida Photonics Lab
  • Stevens Institute of Technology

Tourist Expeditions

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo – Brazil
  • Mount Everest
  • South Africa
  • Angel Falls
  • El Capitan
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Mount Fuji
  • Taj Mahal
  • The Congo
  • Varanasi: City of Lights
  • A Trip to the North Pole
  • State Liberty Victoria
  • 5 Pointz Queens
  • Iceland
  • Greece
  • Western Cape, South Africa
  • Amazonia
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Machu Picchu
  • The High Line: New York City
  • Russia Today
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Aztec and Mayan Ruins
  • Out of Syria: Back into School
  • Archeon
  • Sites Along the Thames River
  • Antarctica
  • Samburu, Kenya
  • Kamehameha: Unification of the Hawaiian Islands
  • Robben Island
  • Amazon
  • Roman Ruins
  • Madagascar Highlights
  • Venice
  • Ethiopia
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Ancient World of Syria
  • Kathmandu
  • 7 New Wonders of the World
  • Singapore
  • Tour of Barcelona, Spain
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • Northern Great Plains
  • Namibia
  • Empire State Building
  • Moscow
  • Mt Fuji
  • Desert Botanical Gardens
  • The Laxey Wheel
  • Jeju Island
  • Two Bit Circus
  • Egypt
  • White House Kitchen Garden
  • Greenland
  • Canada
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Nathaniel Howe Studios
  • Namhansanseong
  • The Hadzabe Tribe of Lake Eyasi
  • Mont Blanc
  • Brazil’s World Cup, Stadium and Streets
  • Behind the Scenes – Archivo del MNCN
  • Panorama by Getty Images
  • Bhutan – Punakha to Jakar
  • Lake Baikal
  • A Walk Through the MNCN
  • Son Doong
  • The Burj Khalifa
  • Bhutan-Paro and Thimhu
  • Staten Island Transfer Station
  • The Khumba Society
  • Petra


  • Underwater Caribbean
  • Underwater Excursion
  • Underwater American Samoa
  • Sharks
  • Manmade Reefs
  • Preserved Oceans
  • Coral Reefs
  • Marine Life
  • Lok I’a: Native Hawaiian Fishpond
  • Exotic Marine Systems
  • Ocean Safari
  • Underwater Galapagos
  • Underwater Florida Keys
  • Ahupua’a: From the Mountains to the Sea