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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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Was looking forward to touring a drilling rig....this fit the bill. Loved the information and history of drilling...and being able to explore inside the rig. Very educational... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was looking forward to touring a drilling rig....this fit the bill. Loved the information and history of drilling...and being able to explore inside the rig. Very educational. Would highly recommend to anyone not from the area or familiar with the process and industry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We caught a tour and the guide was amazing. She had an engineering degree and could answer all our questions. The displays are very interesting and informative.

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Bernice, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm sure this would be great for a family if someone worked in the oil field but for us it was a waste of time and money. I did like the gift shop though. And was able to get a few things at a good price to take home to the kids. But if no one in the family works... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An outstanding museum depicting the oil & gas drilling procedure & processes. Great drilling rig & location. The staff is super knowledgeable and informative !!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were driving around Galveston and happened upon the sign indicating the Offshore Drilling museum. On a dare we stopped and went inside. Well, so glad we did because I honestly feel we stumbled on the true heart of Houston. Houston was built on oil and drilling and that never occurred to me till I went to this museum. It's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful few hours. They have a parking lot right there-$5 for all day. Admission price is minimal and though museum looks small, there is a wealth of info to absorb. Being physically Able to go on the rig makes it much better than just the displays - which are good by themselves. Make sure you get audio tour- it really... More 

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Mentor, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have done a wonderful job showing the whole process of finding and recovering oil as well as having displays on careers, etc. The displays have a lot of models, and equipment to see with very good videos. There are nearby pay lots. I wouldn't recommend for young children.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the museum, all the displays and exhibits! However, they were doing carpet work and the smell and workers doing carpet work made it really difficult to see the second floor. I wish they will do renovations when the museum is closed. Overall, was a nice experience and staff was really nice.

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Cleburne, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a great place to go see. It has lots of history to be learned and you can have a great day doing this.

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This self-guided tour offers an amazing about of information as well as wonderful displays. My hubby's favorite part of our trip.

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