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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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Hours:
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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Great for a rainy day!

We went here when the weather in Galveston was poor. We learned a lot about oil rigs. It was neat to see the different styles and drills. We also enjoyed the videos. Lots of small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jessica C
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Perrysburg, Ohio
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Perrysburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went here when the weather in Galveston was poor. We learned a lot about oil rigs. It was neat to see the different styles and drills. We also enjoyed the videos. Lots of small detail that help you realize what goes into an oil rig.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting to go on an Oil Rig platform to see how they are built, maintained and operate. This is a small Rig, but they show the various sizes of the different rigs, some of them are huge. I would certainly suggest visiting this if in Galveston area.

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Thank Twisty
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved this place. Great information provided inside, helpful staff, and a very clean and well laid out facility. I would definitely go back.

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Thank spencer m
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed learning so much about the early search for oil and how far technology advances have taken the industry. Very affordable and very active learning site. Would recommend this site to those wanting to understand more about the oil exploration and discovery industry.

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Thank Cheri D
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting hidden gem.. 3 floors about oil rigging. Staff was pleasant. No need for the audio tour (extra $5) there are plenty of films and reading plaques.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum based on recommendations from this website and are glad we did. We have not have any experience with the oil industry and this museum explained what was done and what is being done now in this very important industry. They had great explanations of the various types of offshore drilling and how very environmentally minded they... More 

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Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all thought it was a very interesting museum with lots of stuff to learn that we didn't know about offshore oil drilling and how the men live on the rigs...

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Liked that the pieces of equipment on display were actual pieces used and that some, like the examples of various drill bits, could be touched.

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Thank 154913San
Calgary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an interesting self-guided tour but we would have benefited more had we watched the short video presentation they have at the beginning. This site also has one of the more reasonably priced gift shops in the area with some unique finds - as my overweight suitcase will attest to.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK for a one time visit, but it is not worth returning to. It has three floors of information, a movie and drilling equipment.

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