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“An interesting find. Informative and interesting.”

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
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$155.00*
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Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #5 of 105 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 June 29, 2014

We'd found a brochure for Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Museum, which was dedicated to off-shore oil drilling, so that sounded like it’d be interesting. Yes, it was. On the northwest side of Galveston, where all the piers are, this decommission rig had been towed into the harbor and anchored there. This was a self-guided tour about the history of oil drilling in the gulf, and some of the processes that went into it.

This was very informative. We got to see what the drill bits look like, and how they were designed to remove debris as it dug. And we also got to see some of the undersea equipment used, like the dive suits, or the Billy Pugh net used to help haul people around. (And yes, I was allowed to stand on it.) The information here was very extensive, and it gave a good idea of what life was like for those living on the rig.

Much of the interior of this rig had been converted to become the museum (and there were some hands-on science items), but there was one crew bunk which remained. The bunk room was the size of a small dorm room, and was actually pretty comfy looking.

We were highly impressed with the wealth of information at Ocean Star, and I considered this a “hidden gem.” This is one of the reasons why when you go to a new area, look at the tourist brochures or stop by the visitor’s center, because otherwise you might miss things like this.

Thank Dave M
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Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

We were only able to stay 2 1/2 hours because we had only signed up for two hours of parking. We could have stayed longer. Very in depth and interesting! Our daughter, a middle school and high school science teacher, would LOVE it! The staff sent us home with an armload of information for her and said their website is designed with classroom in mind.

Thank Diane4Pat
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Behind some good restaurants and within blocks of other attractions (sailing ship Ellisa, Great Storm film, Historic Strand, free Ferry ride) walk down the pier past the fishing boats and Pelicans to this hidden gem. It is a great museum for guys who like to see how things works but it is truly interesting and educational for the whole family. Don't miss the introductory film so you'll have a better idea what you are looking at as you tour the museum. Unless you want to study every display, it will only take a couple hours and is reasonably priced.

Thank MagnificentMom
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Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

IMO, It's not worth the price of $8.00 admission, but it's still unique and interesting. A drive by of the exterior, is all the average person needs.

1  Thank Rusty R
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

Spent over 3 hours going through this museum. Very interesting and as my title states, a great abundance of information. I thoroughly enjoyed going through this museum. This presents the side of offshore drilling that you don't see in the media. The media tends to present the negative side of offshore drilling. Here you are presented with how the environment is protected. You also learn about the different roles and life on an offshore rig. A visit here is highly recommended.

1  Thank Curt A
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