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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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Davenport, IA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

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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Plaquemine, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

A first hand up close look at the drilling industry. You learn the why and how things are done. You get a hands on feel of what it's like out on a big rig.

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College Station, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This museum showcases various aspects of offshore drilling. The exhibits were in good condition, and the museum was clean. The exhibits include a three storey diorama showing various oil rigs in relation to each other. Another exhibit I liked was a drill pipe joint that had been sectioned, demonstrating how tightly the teeth are meshed. I strongly recommend this museum.

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Jefferson, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This has got to be one of the most unique museums around. It truly tells the story of an off shore drilling rig and how they harvest oil for everyone to use. It was just amazing.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum is a great way to learn how offshore drilling is done and how difficult and time consuming it can be. This is a great educational museum for anyone interested in this field.

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Lagos
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I attended this museum as part of a basic oil and gas training course and I have to say I was blown away. Not only did the tour guide and displays simplify a rather complex process, you are held spell bound by the reality of the videos, stories and displays. I learnt alot from the trip about the oil and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Had some time left in the late afternoon and thought it might be fun to climb around an oil rig and see what it was like firsthand. Boy, was I surprised! This is really an excellent exhibit/museum. Wish I'd had more time! Plan on an hour to an hour and a half to see everything. I had no idea of... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The exhibits were all good and informative. The rig was three floors and had outside access for viewing the various equipment.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a very informative and interesting stop on our vacation. Tour guided were very nice and offered alot of information.

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Houston, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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