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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oil industry” (61 reviews)
“off shore” (48 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 4 days ago

This museum gave a great overview of the offshore oil industry that neither of us had any idea about. The movie was informative, the exhibits were thorough and the old rig was interesting. Something I never dreamed I would see.

Thank ldasilva944
Reviewed 5 days ago

The visit to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum was a learning experience for me. A 15 minute film about the offshore oil industry started the tour. The Museum has informative exhibits in addition to seeing the actual equipment on the drilling rig....More

Thank adventurer1234
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our friend was really interested in touring this since he works with crane repairs and I'm glad he introduced us to a new experience. The museum had some replicas of what you would see on and around an oil rig. There was a short video...More

Thank Shirley G
Reviewed 1 week ago

When go see all the big ships in port! & learn a bit about the area & oil/gas! This attraction was educational and eye opening experience !

Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being from Alberta Canada where there is a lot of oil production and a lot of negativity about the industry it was so interesting to see so many daily household items made from oil/gas. There is a display upon entering the rig and the short...More

Thank Laurel M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This de-commissioned oil rig, complete with heli-pad and 'copter, is an eye-opener for anyone interested in the oil industry and ocean drilling in particular. It is full of details and models describing the various processes involved in extraction and, being an actual rig, gives you...More

Thank RalphMidlands
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth visiting it you are in the Galveston area. Good value, nice gift shop and all staff very helpful.

Thank dottie g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

And very beautifully constructed models too! Find out about fracking, and the various designs of offshore rigs, particular the generational improvements that allowed deep water drilling. Costs and benefits could be a useful addition, something that would allow people to understand why the price of...More

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an interesting piece of history. It can be challenging to find, and parking is expensive and not abundant. You enter through a small gift shop, and walk up a ramp to get to the rig. We started with the short movie (oil company...More

Thank VillagerRick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ocean star it's worth going to it is very interesting it tells you all about what they do you want to short film and then walk around and there in a lot it's very reasonably priced to go on it takes about 3 hours...More

Thank Wroehrig
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Shirley B
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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
15 August 2015|
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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.