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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Closes in 13 min: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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“oil gas”(17 reviews)
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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
Closes in 13 min
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
+1 409-766-7827
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Was hoping to walk through an actual (deactivated) oil rig, but this museum, although on an actual old oil rig platform, is mostly populated with small models of oil rigs. They have a display of what the sleeping quarters were like but you can't go...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a nice little museum and very informative. We enjoyed our visit and we didn't feel like we over paid for the museum.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 106nicole
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited this Museum with my family. it is a small museum for the amount of activities happening in the offshore oil industry, but a very good insight for those who are not familiar with the Operations of Offshore Oil exploration, drilling and production. Having...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank sunilt1960
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In Galveston a day prior to a cruise. Looking for something different to do with children (8 and 14). Found this on Trip Advisor and gave it a try - sure glad we did. As fortune had it, entrance was waived for the day. Reception...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Safari660094
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited yesterday, very informative and educational. Definitely watch the 20 minute movie because it gives you a quick overview of the process, and if your kids get restless in the museum you've got the basics. It's informational but still geared towards school aged children, or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gailsQ5540NK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum provides an in depth look as to what all is involved in oil drilling, the process, life on a rig and much much more. They have quite a bit of “hands on” exhibits and everything is very well explained, but a bit dated....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank shaem2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum really opens your eyes to the process of offshore drilling. You can see the whole museum in an hour and a half. We didn't watch the movie but heard it was very informative. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank samanthandtravismom
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Look past the obvious propaganda about the oil industry and you will learn a lot about the entire process of off shore drilling and life on a rig. i found it very interesting and informative

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

Well, this was more for my husband, than me. We had people tell us how great it was when we got in town. It starts with a movie and there are 3 floors of exhibits and then you can go outside and take a look....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank MLS40
Reviewed 27 October 2018

This museum provides a fascinating look at offshore drilling. It is defined nicely worth an hour for a visit.

Date of experience: October 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.