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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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Address: Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409/766-7827
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Description: The Ocean Star is a retired jackup drilling rig that offers a fun, hands...
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!
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Great little operation

Its a nice place Staff good Interesting info on drilling and great models inside Parking a bit awkward but you can right outside and stuff money into an outdated parking system... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Tralee, Ireland
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Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Its a nice place Staff good Interesting info on drilling and great models inside Parking a bit awkward but you can right outside and stuff money into an outdated parking system box Not sure how this works 2 dollars an hour Rarely checked according to the lady there It's rare to get a chance to go on a rig so... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The gulf coast of Texas is full of industry and oil rigs are a big part of that industry. There are so many rigs and industrial plants here that we felt compelled to go see this rig to learn more about the history and how and why it works for Texas. The museum is interesting and surely worth the trip... More 

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Saint Albans, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Very informative, educational and well worth the nominal cost. There is so much that my wife and I learned about offshore drilling rigs, and we have now have a greater understanding of this industry and its workers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent place to visit to gain understanding of several aspects of Off-Shore Oil & Gas exploration business and relates well to people from all walks of life.

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Calgary, AB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My mom and I visited the Ocean Star and were surprised at how much we enjoyed it - we tell everyone about how interesting it was and recommend if they are in the area to check it out. Since we are from Alberta (Canada) we had some familiarity with the drilling process (on land) but didn't know much about offshore... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised with this visit. It started being something to do on a cold day that was mostly indoors, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was very informative.

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Mason, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic and impressive experience. Had no idea of any part of the entire drilling process. Informative movie and displays were easy to understand as we toured the facility on our own. I do wish we would have been informed when purchasing our tickets of additional options rather than reading the info on the elevator after we had already finished the... More 

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Zionsville, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is an excellent 'specialty" museum for any person who is interested in how the off-shore oil is found and produced. the exhibits were all well organized and had excellent descriptions, most with some sort of video to explain more details. The admission price was very reasonable and the museum is certainly worth spending an hour or two visiting,

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

very educational especially with the hand held speaker units. has many models of different ways of oil exploration and transportation.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This was a well spent 2 hours (others can do it a lot faster, but we toured and read everything). I had no appreciation for the drilling process, the difficulties, or the amazing technology. The rig is an actual rig, not a mock up. The floors are all wonky and there is a faint mechanical (oil) smell, but the displays... More 

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