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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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Educational with incredible scale models of ships and drilling rigs

Your enjoyment of this exhibit will depend much on your expectations and, frankly, to some extent on your basic knowledge of the energy industry. I spend nearly 20 years in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
SCOTT D
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League City, Texas
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League City, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Your enjoyment of this exhibit will depend much on your expectations and, frankly, to some extent on your basic knowledge of the energy industry. I spend nearly 20 years in the service end of the industry, off and on from 1963 to 1985, and actually spent a short "tour" on this very rig, working as a roughneck, when I was... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was interesting for the adults but the kids like to see the models and move on. This explained a lot of things we didn't know but again... kids were impatient. Its a museum and you have to read a lot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed ourselves on this self-guided tour. It was nice to take our time and read the exhibits at our own pace. It was very educational, and fun!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Learn about the energy industry, specifically offshore drilling. It's a great, small museum on an actual rig. Perfect outing for a broad age range and interests. Hopefully, you'll learn to appreciate a bit of what it takes to bring the oil & gas from deep beneath the sea to shore.

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Pittsburg, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting activity. We learned a lot about the oil industry and even my 8 year old had fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the drilling rig was really neat, informative, hands on items were great for kids. Walking thru the facility showed a lot of education. Self guided tour.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is really nicely done with some great exhibits. I work in the industry and really enjoyed being able too show my family a little about offshore life. This place would be interesting to anyone.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

It's great that you can actually be on the oil rig and explore it. Inside the rig, there are three floors. There is a short movie, which you should watch first. There are many models and diagrams that explain a lot about the industry. Everyone in our group enjoyed it and learned something new.

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Quinlan, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

I took the family there and everyone enjoyed the exhibits. Where else can you go to visit a real offshore oil rig?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Our main disappointment was not having enough time to do justice to all the exhibits. We arrived at 3.40 and closing time is 5pm. The short movie was good but the sound was too low and it was made 20 years ago - needs updating. It should have addressed some of the negatives of offshore drilling and production, eg spills,... More 

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