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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
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$520.00*
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Private Full-Day Galveston Island and Houston...
Ranked #5 of 57 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 December 8, 2014

Interesting and knowledge filled visit. Might be too much for young children but definitely interesting for adults.

Thank buddy712
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"better understanding"
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"three levels"
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"whole process"
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"learning experience"
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"self guided tour"
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Reviewed December 5, 2014

this museum lets you see what an offshore drilling rig is really like!
It is hosted be different oil field companies!
It looks big in harbor but it feels real small out in the ocean!

Thank Haden L
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Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Six and under are free. 8$ for adult for child 5$. It has real equipment to showcase. Lot of knowledge to gain. If u r an engineer the you must visit to appreciate the oil rigs.

Thank VijGuy
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

When you first set eyes on this rig and if you know a little about today's technology in this industry, you will notice the rig itself is a little dated, but the displays inside are very modern and updated. If you are any way interested in how we extract oil and natural gas from the depths of our oceans this is will answer all of your questions. It seems some of the displays are provided by some of the energy company's so they are impressive. It's well worth the price of admission.

1  Thank djmikev
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Reviewed November 26, 2014

I've been on museum ships and submarines but this is the first visit to a preserved oil rig. This is one of the best values in Galveston. While many attractions seem overpriced this one gets it about right. We paid $13 for me and my teenage daughter (who received a student discount) and spent about 2 hours learning about the oil industry, the workings of an oil rig and life in close quarters. I had no idea how much is involved in just getting the oil out the ground and onto shore. The rig, Ocean Star, looks huge but is tiny in comparison to some of the behemoths used for deep sea oil extraction. Models in the exhibit illustrate the size of these things.

Parking is a bit tight and costs $1 for 30 mins. Bring some dollar bills to stuff into the "piggy-bank" like payment box.

1  Thank Graeme P
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