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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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If you are in the beautiful city of Galveston -- it’s worth a couple of hours!

We were looking forward to this tour at the end of our 2-month trip outwest -- heading home to Florida’s Panhandle. And it didn’t disappoint! For someone who has no clue how... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Freeport
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124 reviews 124 reviews
43 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were looking forward to this tour at the end of our 2-month trip outwest -- heading home to Florida’s Panhandle. And it didn’t disappoint! For someone who has no clue how an offshore oil rig operates, this exhibit and museum was very informative and well done. This tour proves that offshore drilling is indeed an incredible feat! Although quite... More 

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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Really enjoyed the opportunity to see how the American Offshore rigs work with the old rig being fitted out as tourist attraction. Excellent facility and excellent educational product to show friends and family what you really do out there...

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The museum is very well done, interesting. We learned a lot about off-shore drilling that we never knew. We'd recommend it for anyone visiting Galveston

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Philadelphia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My daughter has been working in the Gulf for about two years. I've always been anxious about the danger. In addition to explaining the different types of rigs and equipment, it also focused on safety and made me feel better. It was cool to walk around the model rig.

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West Branch, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My family visited this museum on a cloudy spring break day. My son picked it out because he was interested in the oil rigs. The video made us laugh - it's like a propaganda film from the 80s-90s. The displays were interesting. We didn't choose the audio tours. That would have probably made it more interesting because we got tired... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Museum has great 3D displays & models to show the intricacies of offshore oil drilling & exploration. Outside section models a real rig. Great learning experience showing various ships, rigs, and tankers used in the process.

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

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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

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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