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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!
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“oil industry” (59 reviews)
“off shore” (47 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 2 days ago via mobile

Took my wife and 2 daughters (ages 9/11). Lots of great exhibits. Really gave my daughters a better idea of what I do for a living. Great break downs of equipment and technology. Wife and girls didn't really appreciate the heat on the rig floor...More

Thank Derek P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think it's safe to say that most of us will never set foot on and oil rig so this was definitely a cool experience going to give you a feel for what it's like having a lot of very interesting information and I know...More

1  Thank Donnie3217
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Interesting and informative, but lots of reading. Definitely learned a few things about the oil drilling industry.

Thank JustUsTwo0814
Reviewed 6 September 2017

When I saw the name, I thought it was too specific to an industry to be interesting, but I tried it anyway. You can park in front or in the Pier 21 parking and walk toward the harbor and to your right, aiming for the...More

1  Thank Sportlord
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I think this was a neat little side attraction. I would not make this the main attraction with your visit to Galveston, but if you have a bit of extra time to kill. I think kids would enjoy it.

1  Thank Adam C
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Who's been to an off shore rig before? Well I have now (admittedly I walked onto it as opposed to a working rig). Great idea and if your really interested tells you everything you need to know about off shore drilling in a very entertaining...More

Thank AnselmColom
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We had a hand full of children on our recent tour of this museum. This museum is NOT kid-friendly. The staff was rather rude to our children.

Thank S H
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Had time to kill and had seen many other sites on the island, so decided to use a pass a friend had given me...WOW, was this a wonderful surprise! I had an hour and a half, and could have stayed another hour and a half!...More

1  Thank Donna E
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Suggest you do the introductory 15 minute first. It's a good intro to the rig. Interesting exhibits otherwise and young kids should enjoy it. There is a handout set of questions for the kids which keeps them entertained so if it's not offered, just ask...More

1  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Having just seen a movie regarding the 2010 worst oil rig disaster in history, I was interested in checking out this museum to get a better understanding of how these rigs work. Plus, never having been on an oil rig, I was curious to see...More

3  Thank StackyMaryland
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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.