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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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Interesting. We learned a lot

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very educational and fun to see how things are done out on the sea of oil rig life and feveryday adventures and daring living quarters

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ocean Star was a functional jack-up drilling rig that has been converted to a museum. It's very informational in terms of the offshore oil industry and its history, and was one of the highlights of our trip to Galveston.

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Crestwood, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought it would be interesting, seeing a floating oil rig, so I took my two sons (ages 18 and 22), my wife, and my 79 year old mother to visit the Ocean Star. My wife was a grudging participant - but when all was said and done, this was the surprise hit of our day in Galveston! Fascinating opportunity... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't expect much from it, but it was well worth the money. Pretty neat walking around an old drilling platform and looking at the old equipment.

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Rungsted, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting the drilling rig and museum was very educational and interesting. The exhibition and the things on display are presented in a modern and interactive manner. There is something for children and adults, no matter your level of technical expertise. Remember to watch the 15 min film first.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think it’s the only place in the world to see an offshore drilling rig. My husband is a navy lover guy, and he was really looking forward to seeing this museum. It was a rainy day but it didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. You can watch a short movie upon entering the museum before doing the tour on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like many of the things we do on vacation, we learned about something that important to our society. The short film was really good and it helped us to know what we were looking at as we toured this attraction.

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