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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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We are an oilfield family so of course we had to go! Very interesting layout...teenage son even found it interesting. Worth the stop!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Yukon, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We are an oilfield family so of course we had to go! Very interesting layout...teenage son even found it interesting. Worth the stop!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Kid friendly. They gave ours little passports to complete as they went around. Interesting exhibits and kept all the party happy. Two different outdoor areas to explore where we also saw Dolphins.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Very interesting. Has a short movie every 15 minutes. Got a great deal on a family pack. We were a family of five so the price was right for us.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I'm a big science nerd and grew up in the south around the oil fields. Most of my family were involved in some way with petroleum exploration, operation, and technology so this place was a real treat for me. My husband loved it too and thought it was the best thing we did during our 3 days in Galveston. The... More 

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Essex, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The best interactive experience ever. Will totally recommend this venue to be visited. They have very informative and interactive videos about how the rigs work, what has to happen to set them up and how to find the gas while on sea.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Went to the offshore rig to tour. Was pretty clean. Had a gift shop but everything was over priced. Good for a one time visit

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Thought this was a great museum. Kids loved it. I enjoyed all the data that was on display here. Very educational! From innovation over the years, to models, to costs and dangers involved, to life on the platforms....a real eye opener.

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Conroe, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

There is a short film to watch before you start you tour. There is a lot of interesting stuff there to look at if your into the oil rig stuff. My son found the tour interesting but I just appreciated the break from the heat.

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

It's a real offshore oil rig that is now out of commission and functions as a museum. Since I have zero background in the petroleum industry, I found this museum to be very interesting. There is a good movie clip, there are very good models of oil drilling ships, there are mock-ups and clothes to wear. You can go outside... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We really enjoyed all the things to see , took lots of pics. So much to look at. We'll go back, I'd we ever get back that way. We live 10 hrs away lol. Was worth the cost.

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