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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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“oil industry”(74 reviews)
“oil exploration”(16 reviews)
“oil gas”(15 reviews)
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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409-766-7827
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 May 2011

Our family of 4 (12 year old son and 10 year old daughter) visited the museum over the 2011 spring break. The museum exceeded our expectations for educating us about the many elements of offshore drilling and had many interactive exhibits that our son, in...More

7  Thank Indy_working_mom
OffshoreRig, Manager at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2011

Thank you for this thoughtful feedback. We do intentionally have a pro-industry focus, as the museum grew out of the need to highlight the positive aspects of offshore drilling and illustrate the technology and history of this important industry. There is an abundance of information...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Now, don't get me wrong: I usually love museums of all shapes and sizes, but this one simply didn't do it for me. I arrived here not really knowing what would be inside and took the self guided tour. As it turned out, what was...More

3  Thank SarahKnowsThisOne
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Reviewed 1 week 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

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Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank samanthandtravismom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank DLNY1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank MLS40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank LovesRestaurants2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been through the museum twice. It is full of interesting information and exhibits. I'll go back again. Very well designed and full of insight into the Oil & Gas Business.

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum a few weeks ago. I have family and friends that work with oil rigs, so I thought this would give me a better understanding of what they do. I really enjoyed this museum. It is very informative and very interesting. You really...More

Thank Toni D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Totally worth visiting. This museum is not your average place. It is very well done and informative. The staff is friendly and welcoming. It gives you the opportunity to see and appreciate an industry that effects us all.

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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

I surprisingly learned a lot. This is a well done museum with engaging staff. Plenty of signage and videos, no need for audio tour. A great place for kids to learn geology, etc. technology is emphasized and lots of examples. I spent an hour here...More

Thank Alison K
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This museum felt a little like propaganda for the oil industry, particularly for off shore drilling. It would have been nice to see something about the mistakes that have happened and what thety are doing to protect the environment in the future but that is...More

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12 February 2018|
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Response from Jimi C | 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.