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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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Nice & informative

Very well kept and plenty of information of rigging off shore . Plenty to see and learn. Great for kids to learn and do as well they have little stationery for them. Will be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Very well kept and plenty of information of rigging off shore . Plenty to see and learn. Great for kids to learn and do as well they have little stationery for them. Will be taking our niece's & nephews .

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Minden, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The museum has great detail of the life on a rig and fabulous miniatures to see the scale of the rigs and the depth of the ocean. Rigs are such a piece of the Gulf, that it is a must see. I marked 4'stars because there is a lot more reading than I care for in a museum.

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Northern Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Ocean Star is a retired "jack-up" oil rig that has been turned into an educational center for the oil industry. If you've ever wondered how they really get that oil and gas out of the ground, particularly in an ocean environment, this is the place for you. The models of the various types of oil drilling rigs are impressively... More 

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Indian Lake, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Inexpensive, informative, convienent location and worth the time. A great museum to visit and appreciate the technologies employed in the extraction of oil and gas in the gulf.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We did the self-guided tour and found it to be disjointed. May recommend that you try the audio tour to explain things more. Otherwise it's a lot of reading the displays. One compliant from our group was that after leaving the rig, we didn't know how the oil is extracted and delivered. The movie is quite dated.

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Clear demonstrations of the operation of offshore oil rigs -- on a real rig. The kids can climb around and play dress-up, while older people can learn the details of daily life and how it's done.

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I went with my family and it was fine. It cost about $6 per person and was easy to get to. Parking can be a pain, but overall it was fine.

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great museum. A lot of information in a small space, loved that it used to be an actual working rig.

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Galveston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This well designed museum is suited to adults who are interested in learning about the oil industry.

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Brooklyn Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I never knew all that went into research, geology, drilling pumping and the like. They even have the crews sleeping quarters there. Must see if u go to Galveston.

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