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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
409/766-7827
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Ranked #6 of 48 attractions in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
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... more » 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! « less
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LeMars, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This was a very informative little stop with many interesting exhibits. It was neat to see how they are trying to prevent spills, and minimize damage done to the environment. Definitely worth the stop.

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West Yorkshire
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106 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We so often just pull up at the pumps and fill up our cars without ever thinking about the process that got the petrol to the pump. Well visiting this ex working rig gives you a magnificent insight into the offshore Oil Industry. Great friendly staff and an informative video to watch as well as a gift shop makes this... More

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Peoria, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very informative and educational displays and views of former working oil rig. Numerous videos and model structure displays as well as equipment used in the processes. Good overview of entire process and interesting and entertaining for all ages and interests - from kids to business people gaining an insight into the industry.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

A very interesting museum, seeing and understanding how an oil rig works. I also enjoyed seeing how life on an oil rig works and how staff cope.

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Balmorhea, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Friends told us about this museum and how wonderful and educational it was--they were so right! The museum covered everything connected with oil production on an off shore rig from finding the oil, to drilling, then oil transport. Because it is on an actual rig, the equipment makes sense and they even provide overalls and hard hats if you want... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is a fabulous museum. It is a must-see for anyone traveling to the Galveston area. Even if you don't think you're interested in in the industry, check it out anyway; it's very informative & well-done. Very inexpensive admission as well - I believe tickets are $8 and over 55 & students are only $5. What a great way to... More

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Austin, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a very informative site. We had a nice time. Staff is very kind. They have an excellent selection of goods in the store as well.

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Verona, New Jersey
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Interesting venue with interactive exhibits and lots of history. The exhibits provide a solid background on the drilling process. Visit starts with watching a film and then you're on your own with the three stories of exhibits. Most of the areas of the deck outside are not accessible so be prepared to spend much of the time inside and the... More

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Washington DC
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We visited this museum twice in two days. It was extremely educational and well thought out. There are interactive opportunities and a gift shop as well. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Denver, Colorado
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Having worked on a similar rig, I thought it was a very interesting exhibit. It does a great job of showing exactly what goes on both above and below the water.

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