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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409-766-7827
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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 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!
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oil industry” (67 reviews)
“oil exploration” (16 reviews)
“oil gas” (16 reviews)
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Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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+1 409-766-7827
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"oil industry"
in 67 reviews
"oil exploration"
in 16 reviews
"oil gas"
in 16 reviews
"better understanding"
in 8 reviews
"three levels"
in 14 reviews
"oil platform"
in 9 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 12 reviews
"great learning"
in 10 reviews
"short film"
in 18 reviews
"whole process"
in 9 reviews
"learning experience"
in 11 reviews
"learn how"
in 8 reviews
"living quarters"
in 8 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 40 reviews
"interesting place"
in 10 reviews
"gift shop"
in 29 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 16 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Interesting and informative film and exhibitions. Curator very helpful, willing to answer any questions.

Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Oil is the backbone of our region's economy. This explains the upstream part of the industry and is very educational. I loved the exhibits and some are interactional. Definitely recommend as a family spot. It is air conditioned and you can access the platform as...More

Thank Ana M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to go to this museum and were very glad. We felt like we learned a lot, and really enjoyed seeing this historical rig. I'd definitely recommend it!

Thank DEBRA L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cost 10 adults 8 for seniors, air conditioning inside, sitting areas, and bathrooms, even an elevator. Perfect for older and young, hands on exhibits, lots of reading, if your into oilfield info this is your place. It was nice to get out of the heat....More

Thank shineTexas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned a lot of interesting things on this self-paced tour. Excellent exhibits, and actually being able to walk around this retired rig put all the massive research, science & ingenuity into perspective as to why people like us all over the world have been...More

Thank PKR-Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its really difficult to see a oil rig in real as companies do not allow for family and kids. I took my family and kids to have a good experience of oil rig. Once upon a time a real working rig is now shifted to...More

Thank Raja S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small, manageably-sized and nicely run 3-level museum on a decommissioned oil rig. The displays are interesting and fun, and there are parts of the rig to explore outside as well. I spent a little over an hour there and felt like I got a good...More

Thank Michele M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's nice for a ""beginer "" but also for a ""profesional one "" !! Very interesting & very well organised !

Thank Gheorghe M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

this was an experience. we learned alot on the rig and really enjoyed it. did not realize it is the most complex industry of all.

Thank ellen d
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

hought we would be bored but this turned out to be exceptional experience . Knowledgeable staff, well thought out displays and presentations. One person who was there touring with a group was also very well informed and added a lot to the collective experience ....More

Thank agedtechie
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precious2200
12 February 2018|
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Response from Derek P | Reviewed this property |
I would say more for school age children but little ones might like all the sounds and colors in the museum and the size of the rig set up outside.... My daughters were 9&11 and they weren't excited at first but had a great... More
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tcbird
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.
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tcbird
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.
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