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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 place for science buffs to visit

Had visited a rig years ago but with the petroleum industry being such a major industry for Louisiana and Texas, more people should have the opportunity to tour a rig. Wish the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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New Iberia, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Had visited a rig years ago but with the petroleum industry being such a major industry for Louisiana and Texas, more people should have the opportunity to tour a rig. Wish the guided or audio tour would have been available and they were painting. Just trying to make the place look cared for.

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Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Ocean Star is an informative museum about the oil industry. I enjoyed the exhibit explaining the importance of the oil industry, as well as various products made with petroleum. You will especially enjoy this museum if you are interested in machinery! Almost every machine is labeled and has a description. There were also multiple diagrams, models, and cutouts that... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Offshore drilling, whether you're for or against it, has been very important to Houston and gulf region. Going to this museum will help you get a better understanding of how things operate and why each well costs hundreds of millions of dollars. The scale of these projects is just incredible.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Since we were vacationing in Galveston and could see all the oil rig platforms off the coast, we felt me needed to find out a little more about how they work. This little museum is very informative. There is a small gift shop, not really worth the time, but you have to enter and exit through the gift shop. Once... More 

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Coulee Dam, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The museum sure was very complete and very well done. Explained offshore drilling really well!! There were interactive exhibits as well as. They had an elevator to enable you to access the

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Omaha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

It is interesting to see the inter workings of a oil rig. The booklet for the kids was a good experience for them to complete. Recommend watching the short video.

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This ended up being much more interesting than I anticipated. My husband especially loved learning about the technical aspects of how the oil rigs work. There are some great views of the water from the outdoor areas.

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Van Buren, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Very well maintained and interesting to see how the offshore rigs work. The best part for me was walking the covered bridge to get to the rig... lots of pelicans and a great view of the harbor and marina.

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Richardson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This was actually more interesting than I expected. This was a real working offshore rig that is now a museum. Well worth the time and educational.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Something to see if your in the area. Especially since so many business around here revolve around oil.

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Additional Information about Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Address: Address: Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409/766-7827
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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