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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
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.