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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Address: Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409/766-7827
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Ranked #3 of 38 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...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is an actual retired drilling rig which has been turned into a museum. The exhibits were interesting and informative. It is worth a visit.

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Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The museum did a good job of opening up my eyes to the science and technology that is required to operate an offshore rig. It was eye-opening to realize how many other industries are necessary to produce all of the equipment needed on a rig.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you like oil and gas topics, you'll find this museum interesting. There are very good exhibits. You're on an actual off shore drilling rig.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is an actual rig transformed into a museum for us to learn how they work and how people in actually can live there for weeks at a time. Very educational. It takes at least an hour to take a good look at it. $8 adults and another $5 if you want the audio tour guide. It was great to... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

They now include 2 drillers' outfits to put on and make a souvenir photo if you wish (and we couldn't imagine how one wouldn't want it!). Exceptionally good exhibits, including ones on the way of life while working on a shift as a worker of an oil rig. Didn't even expect it would be so thrilling and educational - spent... More 

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Northfield, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I've read other reviews that note this is sponsored by "big oil." I don't disagree, but it was very educational and I really now understand how drilling an oil well works - something I never knew before.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is very informative museum. Someone in a review mentioned the Horizon incident. Apparently they didn't see the memorial to those guys. There is a LOT of educational information in this museum and a few interactive exhibits. Young children would not enjoy this museum. It is geared towards the oil industry, but it is an offshore drilling rig! Compared to... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Provides great information about the off shore oil industry. All staff, particuarly Ronnie, were very friendl and helpful. Loved seeing all the birds along the shoreline and adjoining marina.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We chose this as a fourth option for the Island Pass, and we thought it would be interesting enough. But it ended up being a LOT more interesting than we expected. So much more to the oil drilling industry than you'd think, and all the different types of rigs and drills and what goes in to running them. I found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

At Pier 21 off the Strand in Galveston, this is a real drill rig tricked out in some high-tech exhibits and short films explaining the science and engineering of this kind of oil exploration. After a short film on the history of off-shore drilling, you proceed up three levels, each of which depicts the various aspects and phases of oil... More 

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