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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
409/766-7827
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Ranked #5 of 47 attractions in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Ocean Star is a retired jackup drilling rig that offers a fun, hands on way to learn about the offshore oil and gas industry in a comfortable and... more » Owner description: The Ocean Star is a retired jackup drilling rig that offers a fun, hands on way to learn about the offshore oil and gas industry in a comfortable and accessible facility. The museum features three floors of models, exhibits, equipment and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore exploration and production. This self guided museum is open seven days a week and offers visitors the unique opportunity to board an actual offshore rig. Welcome Aboard! « less
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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We wanted to visit a couple of museums while visiting Galveston and this was definitely worth the time and money. We got to see the pelicans while walking to the museum. It showed the different types of oil rigs and how they are used to get the oil from the ocean or gulf floor. It also showed how it takes... More

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Plano, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Excellent museum on oil drilling, the process, where and how etc. Lot of detailed info, a movie, lots of exhibits including scale models of rigs, ocean habitats re-creation of crew quarters and being able to walk out on an actual platform. Of course told from view point of oil industry but still very informative and considering how much we depend... More

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Rapid City, Sd
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We found this to be a very interesting museum. Since we're from the midwest, it helped us to understand how the offshore drilling works. All 6 of us, ages 15 to 68, enjoyed this learning experience.

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Galveston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If your interested in such things it's really cool. There are a lot of good displays and some of the artifacts are interesting. We had a good time walking through the place.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Whether with children and/or adults, this museum and interactive offshore oil drilling rig is an absolute must. It teaches us the reality of life miles away on an oil rig, as well as the specific science & high level technology that must accompany drilling. A definite must ... allow at least an hour +, and absolutely sit in on the... More

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Indialantic, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This museum is the perfect place to show people what its like offshore in the oil & gas industry. It is a must see when in Galveston!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Need at least 2 hours to get through the whole thing, but the guide from the gift shop ($12) recapitulates much of the information. VERY engineering heavy. Many good spots to get family photos (next to the ROV, next to the escape pod, etc....) Amazingly detailed models and dioramas. Gift shop is also above average.

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Round Rock, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We'd found a brochure for Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Museum, which was dedicated to off-shore oil drilling, so that sounded like it’d be interesting. Yes, it was. On the northwest side of Galveston, where all the piers are, this decommission rig had been towed into the harbor and anchored there. This was a self-guided tour about the history of oil... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were only able to stay 2 1/2 hours because we had only signed up for two hours of parking. We could have stayed longer. Very in depth and interesting! Our daughter, a middle school and high school science teacher, would LOVE it! The staff sent us home with an armload of information for her and said their website is... More

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Pearland, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Behind some good restaurants and within blocks of other attractions (sailing ship Ellisa, Great Storm film, Historic Strand, free Ferry ride) walk down the pier past the fishing boats and Pelicans to this hidden gem. It is a great museum for guys who like to see how things works but it is truly interesting and educational for the whole family.... More

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