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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stumbled upon this place walking around the Strand and Wharf area and decided to go back. My husband kept asking me a gazillion questions about all the oil rigs offshore so it was a must. We learned so much and it was actually very...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JBatMN
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very educative place to go. Specially when you work or study in Oil and Gas area. It is a real rig and very well preserved.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Monica P
Reviewed 1 week ago

While the Ocean Star is an older type offshore drilling rig, the museum does give you a perspective of how drilling offshore wells is done and how things have changed over time, its well worth a couple of hours of your time.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank William B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not really interested in all the oil study, but I have to admit, this museum was pretty good. There is a lot of details, and a lot of exemples. My little cousins were really interested too so it's really for everyone.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank blogtrotteuse18
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this museum as a sort of add on to our trip to the. Fisherman’s wharf area. Great find, we have no experience with off shore drilling and was fascinated with our this museum. The walkway to the platform was nice, lots of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ChiefM55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As someone who spent time working in the oil and gas industry, I was eager to drag my leery husband to this attraction. He came with zero expectations and left wanting to learn more. Young kids will probably be bored. Pull up the website and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank doglover253
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not budget nearly enough time to see everything in this huge facility. A technophiles dream. So much knowledge.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ripmiata414
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We needed an indoor excursion, and this was extremely interesting. I didn't expect it to have as much information as it did, and I feel I learned a lot - and enjoyed learning it. Lots of kid-friendly interactives as well. Able to tour an actual...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jennifer901
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dan wanted to visit this site because we have oil and gas wells on our farm and he wanted to learn more. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the information about offshore drilling. We both found the exhibits to be well done and educational.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bonnieb197
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very happy with our visit. There was so much information. We left knowing more about off-shore drilling than we ever expected. The displays were very well done.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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.