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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, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I discovered this place when my brother was visiting and didn't want to go shopping. He and the rest of the men in the party really enjoyed it. It gives you an insight into life on the rigs. Leave the men there while you shop ladies they will enjoy it.

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Madera, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This tour really gave us some great information into the various drilling rigs. Since we are from California, we really had no knowledge at all. I'm glad we went on this tour

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Oregon
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

We found the museum of some interest with displays on the mechanics of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. We started with the fifteen-minute video which has been played so many times that it is jumpy and out of focus. Basic information from the video and from several of the displays became repetitive and the rest became information overload. The... More

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Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Very informative and interesting. A nice way to spend some time in Galveston at the port while waiting to cruise out of Galveston.

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Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium
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127 reviews 127 reviews
43 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

As petrol is the first resource of Texas, everyone should pay a visit to the excellent museum. The entry fee is 5 dollars (for more than 55 YO). There is first a short movie explaining the drilling exploration facts. Afterwards you can see all kind of drilling platforms mock ups, for the various water depth. There are also explanations about... More

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Spring, Texas
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23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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