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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!
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oil industry” (62 reviews)
“off shore” (49 reviews)
“oil exploration” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409-766-7827

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must when visiting Galveston. A tremendous amount of information is given about the history of offshore drilling. It will certainly provide clarity to the many myths in that industry.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is good to see a retired rig used for educational purposes. I enjoyed the visit and encourage others to check out this museum. It was very educational.

1  Thank Danny A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Ocean Star as part of wider visit to Galveston, We managed to park near the entrance for a few Dollars, and really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent on the rig, the staff were very friendly and we found the various displays...More

1  Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff. I learned a lot. I thought we would be there an hour or so. We ended up spending almost 3 hours there. Lots to see.

1  Thank John O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time here and had ask about holiday hours and was told would be open Christmas Eve till 4 make the trip and was closed and sign on door said back at 10am We were three at 1pm with no other notes on door was...More

Thank Julian P
OffshoreRig, Manager at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I regret that you had incorrect information. Our posted hours on the building doors, the outgoing phone message, and website indicate that we are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. If you are still on the island we are back and open!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A little pricey at nine dollars a person but was interesting. You can park for free a couple blocks away and not have to pay.

Thank cruzalot25
Reviewed 4 December 2017

I worked in the oilfield equipment industry for 20 years, yet I learned a lot at this museum. Offshore drilling is very different from land drilling. I thought this museum was very good. The movies were very good.

1  Thank ChuckBrooks
Reviewed 30 November 2017

This museum is in a retired offshore oil drilling rig. There is a lot to see here, and you can move through quickly like we did and gain a good overview of offshore oil drilling and production - which is a lot more involved than...More

1  Thank Richard4188
Reviewed 25 November 2017

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. There is first a good overview movie to see on the industry. It was well done. There are then three floors of interesting exhibits to see. There are some additional...More

1  Thank mini
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Happened upon this place by accident, but glad we did. Very informative. We learned so much about the drilling of oil and the equipment used.

1  Thank Ron C
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Response from TouringTwoTimers | Reviewed this property |
We are Seniors and paid $6.00 each for admission. However, we parked at Pier 21 and were charged $12 for parking having been there from 10AM to 4:15PM which actually comes out to be about $2 an hour. We did Ocean Star... More
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Response from OffshoreRig | Property representative |
As previously mentioned, there is a variety of paid parking in the area, but the museum does not own or control any of the parking options.