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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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Address: 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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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Ocean Star is a retired jackup drilling rig that offers a fun, hands on...

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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Oil Rig Museum

As previous reviews have mentioned, it is more a museum than an actual rig. However, you can still go outside on 2 levels and see how it was setup when in operation, including the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Adam P
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Bay City, Michigan
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Bay City, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As previous reviews have mentioned, it is more a museum than an actual rig. However, you can still go outside on 2 levels and see how it was setup when in operation, including the helipad. Good views of Galveston Bay.

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Laurel, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum has so much information on oil drill platforms that you'll learn things you never knew you didn't know. Actual equipment is there to see and touch, films explain how things work, models of different platforms show details in miniature, and most aspects of life on a rig are covered. However, while the Ocen Star is a real oil... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great day stop for a few hours, parking can be a challenge, but worth a stop to see what life can be like working on a rig.

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Thank Heatherjd24
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very cool museum! Let's you get up close and personal with the inner workings of an offshore drilling rig and gives fascinating information on what they are actually doing and the pros and cons to our environment.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I got drug out to this museum by my retired engineer father. The history is well put together, but the problem for me was the topic, not very scintillating even for a history buff.

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Thank scrom1970
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can learn a lot about the oil industry by coming here. Very informative. But I think the best part is the great views of Galveston Bay. You can see the ships come and go, and since the oil rig is elevated, it offer great opportunities for photo ops. I will say it might not be as much fun for... More 

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Thank CoOlJoSh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This unique museum is very informative for all ages. The elevator between floors was a nice touch. They are in terrible need of an update for their introductory movie. The video quality was terrible, and technology displayed in the video was dated about 20 years. Otherwise we highly recommend spending an hour to tour here.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In addition to other positive reviews, Kids play dress up in roughneck gear. Cool models to see. And a true appreciation is gained for what it takes to get fuel to your vehicle. My favorite exhibit with the multitude of items that derive from petroleum products and byproducts.

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Pomeroy, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yea it's just a drilling rig and museum. Wrong - it's a destination that you can really see how it get's done and has been done in the past. A real rig with all the "stuff" you need to see and plenty of exhibits that are well written and presented. Senior 55 or older only $6 - So glad we... More 

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Arlington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place for people of all ages to get a great education of the oil industry and what it takes to find and produce oil. It is very interesting. I will come to visit again!

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