We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
409/766-7827
Website
Improve this listing
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
Write a Review

240 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    130
    89
    18
    2
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
texas
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The museum provides excellent insights into the challenges and complexities of the off shore oil and gas business. Great models and a collecion of life size displays combined with interaction are making it a sight worth visiting. You might want to remember that it is an industry sponsored exhibition so you won't find a lot of downsides of the business... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I was always curious about what an oil rig was like. I also wondered how they get them out there and how safe they were. This is a great self guided tour. My wife and I both enjoyed the interactive displays and we spent over an hour going from deck to deck on the rig. I don't know that I... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I enjoy learning, and this was a very informative place to go. I did go with a large group, which kind of made me feel rushed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kansas City, Kansas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We wanted to visit a couple of museums while visiting Galveston and this was definitely worth the time and money. We got to see the pelicans while walking to the museum. It showed the different types of oil rigs and how they are used to get the oil from the ocean or gulf floor. It also showed how it takes... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Plano, Texas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Excellent museum on oil drilling, the process, where and how etc. Lot of detailed info, a movie, lots of exhibits including scale models of rigs, ocean habitats re-creation of crew quarters and being able to walk out on an actual platform. Of course told from view point of oil industry but still very informative and considering how much we depend... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rapid City, Sd
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We found this to be a very interesting museum. Since we're from the midwest, it helped us to understand how the offshore drilling works. All 6 of us, ages 15 to 68, enjoyed this learning experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Galveston, Texas
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
38 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If your interested in such things it's really cool. There are a lot of good displays and some of the artifacts are interesting. We had a good time walking through the place.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum also viewed

Galveston, Galveston Island
Galveston, Galveston Island
 
Galveston, Galveston Island
Galveston, Galveston Island
 

Been to Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing