Check it out: We got a sneak peek at the Exploratorium’s new digs!

San Francisco’s 44-year-old science museum got some major upgrades with its change of location, as well. It’s three times bigger, features indoor and outdoor exhibits, and now has 25 percent more exhibits overall.

The new facility, which we toured in a press-only preview session this week, is situated along the city’s famed Embarcadero at Piers 15 and 17. Inside and out, the space is filled with objects in motion and opportunities to touch, play, interact, and explore.

“We try to create experiences where people can gain the confidence to achieve understanding by themselves,” said George Cogan, Exploratorium board director, at the event. “People of all ages, we nurture people’s understanding. .. We’re an R&D center for experiential learning.”

The museum will officially open to the public April 17, 2013. Wednesday and Thursday nights, the Exploratorium will be open until 10 p.m. for adult-friendly programming, films, and cocktails.