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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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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We visited with two geologists in our family who work in the oil industry and they gave this the thumbs up! As a non geologist I found that it explained the process of drilling for oil in a very informative way which has greatly enhanced my understanding of the subject.

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Austin, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was an really neat opportunity to see an actual oil rig. The museum is great in that if you're a tactical, run through quick sort of person, there are great things to see. If you prefer to linger, read and learn, they have very well done, informative displays throughout. This is a good attraction for both adults and kids... More

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Trussville, Alabama
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131 reviews 131 reviews
37 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I knew my husband would love this and he did. Pay the extra $5 and get the audio or you will have to read everything (if the display has commentary). Did you know the Chinese drilled for oil in 300BC? So many interesting things to see and interact with. The people in the oil business are intelligent, innovative, and brave!... More

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Austin, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Some very cool displays and you can go out on the rig itself. There's a good 10 minute film and the kids can dress up as all oil rig workers. etc, though not super interesting for little kids, I'm sure.

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Scroggins, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Very interesting and well worth the price of admission..Many things to view and discover about ocean drilling that most of us were never aware of.

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Basile, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We are from Louisiana, so the oilfield is big for us. Several of our family members work in the oilfield so my children, ages 13 and 9, loved the museum. They loved being able to experience offshore life. Ticket prices are reasonable. Found a coupon online so my kids got in free. Strongly recommend.

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Ohio
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This museum is very good for showing the public the absolute basics of offshore oil drilling as well as the basic concepts of oil drilling on land. Drilling is drilling. Yes this decommissioned oil platform is dated but does that really matter? I don't think so. Most people have little to no knowledge of how companies explore for and drill... More

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a very reasonably priced exhibit. Were going to see something else, but saw that this was open daily. We decided on a whim to go tour the Ocean Star. Good quality information, state of the art, two levels to go outside and see actual pieces of the oil rig. Three levels inside. Would go again. We spent two... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I was really not impressed with this place because I work on an oilrig and this has been decommissioned for some time. It was hard to see the working of the rig and explain it to the people I was with. You didn't get to see all parts of the actual rig. Things were placed around just to show off... More

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texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Really enjoyed this...self paced, indoor/outdoor...Cool relief on a hot day! you learn alot about the oil rigs and industry. very interesting.

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