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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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Hours:
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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Exploring in so many ways

My nephew really wanted to check this museum out and I was mostly just tagging along. It turned out to be a very interesting experience and a lot of sharing of the industry. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My nephew really wanted to check this museum out and I was mostly just tagging along. It turned out to be a very interesting experience and a lot of sharing of the industry. I was a good stop during our touring around. You can easily spend an hour or more depending on your interest in this area. We had a... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Texas is largely built on the oil business and offshore is a big part of it. this little museum provides a very infomative view of how the oil is found and extracted, a much more complicated process than imagined. It shows the types of equipmnt used, the jobs performed and life onboard one of these important little cities. Worth the... More 

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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An educational and informative self-guided tour. Ever wonder what an oil rigger does in the ocean...learn how they find oil miles under the ocean to drilling and transportation. For all inquiring minds from children to adults.

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Grapeview, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a very unique place to visit. It was interesting to learn all about how oil is brought up from the ocean floor, what it is like to live and work on an oil drilling platform, and to be able to actually tour a platform that was once used out in the Gulf. It is obviously presented from a... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance to the museum is at Pier 19, the far north end of 20th St. just past its intersection with Harborside Dr. (2-3 blocks north of The Strand and about 3 blocks east of the Cruise Terminal). There are parking lots in the immediate area but you will probably have to pay to park. We visited on a Tuesday... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This a great place for the uninformed and the seasoned person. It tells about the complexity of the oil drilling operations through models, movies, commentary, and an actual visit to the retired drilling station. The personnel are ver friendly and helpful. It is educational and inspiring to gain appreciation of this resource we take so for granted.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone we ran into on the museum staff was super friendly. I loved that this was an at your own pace museum. It was definitely worth the small fee. The gift shop was full of neat little trinkets and gift ideas. When we return as a family this will be a must stop. We are an oilfield family so this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is very interesting! Oil is a huge component of Texas. I was amazed by the science that goes into drilling for oil.

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Tillsonburg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had time to kill while wait for a cruise ship and went through the museum. Well done, interesting and very informative. Takes 2-3 hours to see it all and it give you a great overview of rig life.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found this to be well worth the cost of admission and lots of great information. I've always found oil drilling rigs rather fascinating and wondered how they worked, how they were erected and how they were able to stay put in storms and such. All my questions were answered and more. Very interesting.

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