Those huge mysterious barges that have been sitting around in the San Francisco Bay and in a few other spots around the country in recent weeks? Google finally came clean to being responsible for them, and offered a hint at what they could be when they're finally open. (If they open.)

The barges have been spotted in San Francisco and Portland, Maine, and are large structures made up of shipping containers, hidden by a huge black net that has added to its mystery. When a local San Francisco reporter started to look into what they were (since they had been sitting in the Bay for weeks without any type of announcement), he found out they were owned by Google. Once that happened, rumors began popping up as to what Google could be using these four-story structures for: a data center? A Google Glass store? a Google-X Store? Safe houses during the zombie apocalypse? Google wasn't saying a word, until now.

In a statement, Google threw out a few possibilities of what these monstrosities will be, while finally admitting that the structures are indeed theirs. But, most importantly to you, and me, is: are WE going to be able to go to these places once they open, or will they be an invite-only type of situation? Well, we don't know as of yet, but the place is meant for some type interaction, according to the statement:

Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.

So, that's all we have for now. Is this just a fancy way of topping Apple's Apple Stores? Maybe. But if Google is behind, at least we'll know it will be worth the wait. 

[via TechCrunch]