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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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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...more
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Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409-766-7827
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All reviews oil industry oil gas oil exploration better understanding three levels oil platform interactive displays great learning short movie whole process learning experience self guided tour interesting place gift shop couple of hours rainy day gulf of mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hubby had not been keen on visiting this site, but afterwards expressed that he was glad I "dragged" him to it. The exterior exhibits were interesting, but the interior museum exhibits were better. We learned a lot about the petroleum industry and offshore drilling.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to see at this museum. There is a lot of reading, which I am not a fan of, but I really enjoyed it. There is some interaction as well, which makes it more interesting. I learned a lot about offshore drilling.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LMEO
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was so interesting. I’m so glad we stopped. You have to pay to park. Close to the pier, shops, and restaurants.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AylaM871
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to work at a company that manufactured oil drilling equipment and I did the job invoicing so I was great to see the different tools and jars out n display. There’s a short 15 minute movie that talks about the history of drilling...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank debbielpatton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Learned so much with this visit. Easy to spend a couple of hours looking at and reading about all the displays. Well worth the visit. Recommend to everyone. Then just a short walk over to the other Pier 21 attractions.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank catdad2two
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very educational especially for the total ignoramus such as myself. I never knew there was so much to getting oil out of the Earth.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Aguocha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a museum that is definitely worth the time and cost. The Ocean Star is a jack-up Platform Oil Rig that has numerous interesting dioramas, films, and displays. Touring the various floors and decks gives one a good look at life and activities on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank albebuc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely incredible museum! Well put together exhibits and artifacts, cool location (being on a retired oil rig), and very informative but at no times boring. The staff were all extremely friendly and were more than willing to provide more information and guidance. Definitely one of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AustinAM73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As an adult, I learned a lot about the petroleum industry during my visit. It's a nicely done museum for all ages if the adults in the group do a little to help the younger ones visiting with them understand the displays and exhibits.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank phireman123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a rainy morning here. It’s a pretty well done museum. I enjoyed it and I learned a lot. Definitely worth a visit

Date of experience: December 2018
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February 12, 2018|
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Response from 391jimic | Reviewed this property |
Maybe more geared towards elder family members and teenagers
January 22, 2018|
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Response from ldasilva944 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I believe it is wheel chair accessible. There are ramps and elevators.
January 22, 2018|
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Response from AnselmColom | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is as described in the other answer. It’s a long ramp. Plenty of space but doubt your be able to get the outside deck.