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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: +1 409-766-7827
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Ocean Star is a retired jackup drilling rig that offers a fun, hands on...

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. While ticket sales halt at 4:00 PM, visitors can remain until the site closes at 5:00. Welcome Aboard!

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We Use Oil, So Why Not Learn About the Process?

Although I'm more interested in touring churches, palaces and museums, this place was something not usually on the lists of attractions - so why not! We were happy we went. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although I'm more interested in touring churches, palaces and museums, this place was something not usually on the lists of attractions - so why not! We were happy we went. They weren't able to show the introductory film but offered us a DVD at no cost, very generous. (Since we were going to utilize the audio tour, we declined the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is built around an old offshore drilling rig so you are able to see the derrick, drills, life-saving capsule and other equipment. Signage steps you through the workings of the platform. I was stunned to see the number of oil or natural gas pipelines running from the Gulf of Mexico into varioius states. We needed almost two hours... More 

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Thank Ginger R
Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was ok but not all areas were functioning this day as they had electrical issues. It would have been nice to have this as an audio tour as it entailed a lot of reading. The view from the top level was very cool. It did give you an overall idea of how this is done out on the ocean.

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Thank Lise P
Austin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't sure if i would enjoy this but i was so glad we did it! It is very interesting and so much information! It is great for anyone, even kids would enjoy seeing it and learning how the platforms work. I would go through it again!

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Thank ausgrl
Kittery, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the audio portion of the tour was broken the trip was very informative. Gave me a much better understanding of the oil refining process.

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Thank Donna S
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cost of the display was done and they soared no expense to make it first class !We have taken folks from all different states and all ages.Everyone has been impressed and they all value the learning content.There us a bit of walking,benches to sit down if you need a break.It is especially good for 3rd to 9th grade.Any student interested... More 

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Thank susan m
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a cold windy January day and we needed something to do! We found this museum by chance , while roaming around near pier 21. The exhibits were all well done and accessible, both either with audio tour or by written boards. Also many exhibits, dioramas and real equipment used. ... not to mention the fact that it is... More 

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Thank marybethallen
Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had never been near a drilling rig before. This was really interesting. I learned a lot about how oil and gas is explored for, drilled to and produced. The big machinery on display is great too. It took me 1.5 hrs to go through it since I read most of the displays.

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Thank IowaVince
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most interesting museums we have toured. We have known of off shore drilling platforms for years, but had no idea how they really worked. This is truly fascinating.

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Thank Pete P
Houston, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This may seem like a geeky kind of tourist attraction, but the visit was fun and educational. I learned a great deal about offshore drilling for oil. The interactive displays were engaging and clean. Well worth the few bucks to learn more about our world.

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