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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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A fast way to learn about off shore oil drilling

This is an excellent attraction that provides a large range of information of off shore oil drilling. Excellent displays of equipment, picture, maps, etc.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Topeka, Kansas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent attraction that provides a large range of information of off shore oil drilling. Excellent displays of equipment, picture, maps, etc.

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Gave a great and detailed overview of how fossil fuels are extracted from the Gulf. Both edifying and horrifying at the same time.

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Galveston
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Even if you know nothing about the offshore industry, this is a most fascinating and informative exhibit. Even I, after 20 years in Oil & Gas, found this extremely informative. It was also deja vu seeing the photos of numerous pioneers in Oil & Gas that I was privileged to work with over the years.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Very educational about the oil industry. Young children would not appreciate it and it was not easy to find except for the sign on the oil Derrick.

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Pickering, Ontario, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This was an hour (or more) well spend. This museum is very well laid out with easy-to-read information; plenty of pictures, models and charts; a combination of science/history/economic lessons.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon the museum whilst walking around Galveston and were very pleased to do so. A well illustrated guide through the development of off shore oil exploration. What stood out was the cutting edge technology which has been developed over the years to enable us to utilise the many products that come from crude oil. You even get the... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If you get the Galveston Visitor's Guide there is a coupon for a free audio wand. Parking lot is right in front of the museum where you see what number spot you pulled in and pay for each half hour you will be there by inserting dollars into a box sleeve nearby. Tour tickets are purchased at the gift shop... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This was a actual drilling ship convertred to a museum. Very well done and informative on all phases of ocean oil drilling. Lots to see indoors and outdoors

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Galveston Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Coming from the midwest we knew nothing about drilling. We left with a solid insight. Interactive areas kept our tween busy and we left with great pictures.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a really interesting museum. The staff are friendly and informative and there is loads to see. Great value.

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