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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
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$155.00*
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Private Full-Day Galveston Island and Houston...
Ranked #9 of 109 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed March 28, 2014

A very interesting museum, seeing and understanding how an oil rig works. I also enjoyed seeing how life on an oil rig works and how staff cope.

Thank Emma H
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Friends told us about this museum and how wonderful and educational it was--they were so right! The museum covered everything connected with oil production on an off shore rig from finding the oil, to drilling, then oil transport. Because it is on an actual rig, the equipment makes sense and they even provide overalls and hard hats if you want the total experience. A winner!

Thank barbsbaby
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is a fabulous museum. It is a must-see for anyone traveling to the Galveston area. Even if you don't think you're interested in in the industry, check it out anyway; it's very informative & well-done. Very inexpensive admission as well - I believe tickets are $8 and over 55 & students are only $5. What a great way to spend a couple of hours. There are also a few hands-on exhibits to keep the little ones interested.

Thank Howietravels
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a very informative site. We had a nice time. Staff is very kind. They have an excellent selection of goods in the store as well.

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Interesting venue with interactive exhibits and lots of history. The exhibits provide a solid background on the drilling process. Visit starts with watching a film and then you're on your own with the three stories of exhibits. Most of the areas of the deck outside are not accessible so be prepared to spend much of the time inside and the helicopter deck is not open to the public. GPS will bring you to Harborside Drive and if coming from the North, be sure to make a left on 20th Street. Parking requires payment in an antiquated box that is unique and is worth taking a photo of. A dollar bill should cover your visit.

Thank 1Train
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