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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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“oil gas”(17 reviews)
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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...more
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Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409-766-7827
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All reviews oil industry oil gas oil exploration better understanding three levels oil platform interactive displays great learning short movie whole process learning experience self guided tour interesting place gift shop couple of hours rainy day gulf of mexico
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Reviewed yesterday

This retired offshore oil rig was made into a museum that tells the story of oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico from the shallow waters near shore to the very deep waters farther out. It explains how oil is found, the techniques used for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RM-MN
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great time here, everyone very helpful & it was totally wheelchair friendly. Really interesting place, we learned a lot & enjoyed it very much

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Veryhappygran
Reviewed 6 days ago

So well done, so much information and easily understood in the presentations. Hey, I'm from the north and knew nothing about the oil industry except that is was in Texas. If you are in the area this is a must.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joellen R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is very well done. They leave nothing to the imagination. You can get totally immersed in this industry. I was struck by the extreme expenses incurred. I learned a tugboat costs $40,000 per day. That's the cheap part! One tip. They offer audio...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ColoradoBear
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction is incredibly informative! I went in not knowing much at all about offshore drilling, and did not expect to be entertained. I went for my husband's sake and found myself very interested in what I was learning. The drilling rig-turned museum is massive,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank faythwriter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I knew nothing about oil rigs or the industry, so while in Galveston this was a must! We chose to pay the extra $5 for the audio tour, which I found to be worth the money. There is over 2.5 hours of information on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Dana L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being from Europe and having seen hundreds of mansions, palaces and churches (which are higher ranked on Galveston TA list), the Ocean Star was my top priority in this Gulf city. I mean, where on Earth can you climb and enter the oil platform, even...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank B1714D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hubby had not been keen on visiting this site, but afterwards expressed that he was glad I "dragged" him to it. The exterior exhibits were interesting, but the interior museum exhibits were better. We learned a lot about the petroleum industry and offshore drilling.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kim W
Reviewed 13 January 2019

There is so much to see at this museum. There is a lot of reading, which I am not a fan of, but I really enjoyed it. There is some interaction as well, which makes it more interesting. I learned a lot about offshore drilling.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

This was so interesting. I’m so glad we stopped. You have to pay to park. Close to the pier, shops, and restaurants.

Date of experience: January 2019
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12 February 2018|
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Response from 391jimic | Reviewed this property |
Maybe more geared towards elder family members and teenagers
22 January 2018|
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Response from ldasilva944 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I believe it is wheel chair accessible. There are ramps and elevators.
22 January 2018|
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Response from AnselmColom | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is as described in the other answer. It’s a long ramp. Plenty of space but doubt your be able to get the outside deck.