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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oil industry”(66 reviews)
“oil gas”(15 reviews)
About
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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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+1 409-766-7827
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"oil industry"
in 66 reviews
"oil exploration"
in 16 reviews
"oil gas"
in 15 reviews
"oil platform"
in 9 reviews
"better understanding"
in 8 reviews
"three levels"
in 14 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 12 reviews
"short film"
in 18 reviews
"whole process"
in 9 reviews
"great learning"
in 8 reviews
"learn how"
in 8 reviews
"learning experience"
in 10 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 39 reviews
"gift shop"
in 29 reviews
"interesting place"
in 9 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 16 reviews
"rainy day"
in 10 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the one museum that we had put off visiting over our last couple of visits to Galveston, because we just couldn't imagine it being all that interesting. But, after the captain of the Baywatch Dolphin Tours was so insistent on how great this...More

Thank ClareBear5532
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was a fantastic place to learn about the offshore drilling industry! I went thinking that I knew most everything about offshore drilling, but I was completely wrong. Highly recommended!

Thank Zachary H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice self guided tour for the geek in you :) good way to spend a rainy morning. not much else to say.

Thank Kenneth T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yeah its a lightweight way to spend an hour or so and was more for the wife to get a flavour of my working world. If you are in town and have an interest then great, but I would not travel just for this.

Thank Colinmc400
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right here in Galveston, we toured the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. No need to spend money on the audio, there is ample information on all the displays. The Museum has great exhibits showing how offshore drilling evolved, and it is quite impressive....More

1  Thank AdventurousRetirees
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great educational fixture in Galveston. The rig is prehistoric, but doesn’t matter much for people being introduced to offshore drilling the first time. Great spot for offshore drilling industry workers to take friends and spouses to for a couple hours.

Thank Shreyansh182
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We'd a few hours to kill before we could head out of Galveston so we decided to visit the museum. It was very educational and gave lots of insights into oil & gas industry. The museum is in an actual oil rig which was operational...More

Thank Lilies09
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My father and I went to the museum today. Not knowing that much about offshore rigs, it was a very interesting learning experience. Make sure to watch the video at the beginning of the museum! There were models of different types of offshore rigs and...More

1  Thank JBridi
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take a look not really with any expectation of what we were going to actually see. At 8 dollars each we thought it was worth a visit and it was. There is an awful lot of data to absorb and read if...More

Thank JBG1
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

I'll be honest, the displays and all the terminology for the parts and functions of oil excavation and drilling were more than my brain could absorb, but I'm so glad I went. The process to harvest fossil fuels for our creature comforts is expensive, complicated,...More

Thank LKennedy23
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precious2200
12 February 2018|
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Response from Derek P | Reviewed this property |
I would say more for school age children but little ones might like all the sounds and colors in the museum and the size of the rig set up outside.... My daughters were 9&11 and they weren't excited at first but had a great... More
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tcbird
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.
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tcbird
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.
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