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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 48 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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Spring, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Convinced a few kids they could make a living in this business, and a few Moms they should make sure the kids took their studies serious, I bet. This place is super for telling the story of how things worked in the offshore oil patch. Other than the long walk to get to it from the pier it's almost perfect.

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Denton, Texas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Kids of all ages would enjoy this one. We went as a group of women on a girl's trip to the beach and we all thought it interesting. It is an actual rig that has been decommissioned and turned into a museum. Easily accessible for wheelchairs and scooters with ramps and elevators. All aspects of the exploration and drilling are... More

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TEXAS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

A chance for everyone to visit an offshore drilling platform. Plan on about an hour. The platform is on fisherman's wharf, 2 blocks north of the Strand. The platform is anchored in the ship channel, walk out a walkway and you are on the platform. Worth going to.

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Gresham, Oregon
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is a real offshore oil rig that has been placed in the Galveston harbor for the public to visit. It is very interesting but there is a lot of "back patting" by the oil companies and the sponsors telling you what a great industry the oil drilling business is.

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Davenport, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My husband and I had the opportunity to visit this museum. We both really enjoyed it and learned a lot. We both tend to enjoy museums a lot and really enjoyed the actual examples from the oil rigs. It was awesome to go on an actual retired rig and see some of the equipment up close and personal. The one... More

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Plaquemine, Louisiana
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A first hand up close look at the drilling industry. You learn the why and how things are done. You get a hands on feel of what it's like out on a big rig.

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College Station, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This museum showcases various aspects of offshore drilling. The exhibits were in good condition, and the museum was clean. The exhibits include a three storey diorama showing various oil rigs in relation to each other. Another exhibit I liked was a drill pipe joint that had been sectioned, demonstrating how tightly the teeth are meshed. I strongly recommend this museum.

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Jefferson, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This has got to be one of the most unique museums around. It truly tells the story of an off shore drilling rig and how they harvest oil for everyone to use. It was just amazing.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum is a great way to learn how offshore drilling is done and how difficult and time consuming it can be. This is a great educational museum for anyone interested in this field.

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Lagos
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I attended this museum as part of a basic oil and gas training course and I have to say I was blown away. Not only did the tour guide and displays simplify a rather complex process, you are held spell bound by the reality of the videos, stories and displays. I learnt alot from the trip about the oil and... More

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