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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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“oil industry”(71 reviews)
“oil exploration”(16 reviews)
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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...more
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Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409-766-7827
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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

Thank SSstpmsp
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a change of plans tour. The tour next door had cancelled. I'd decided to give this tour a try. The Ocean Star Offshore museum operator was so engaging. She had given a complete overview of the rig and museum. Some of the highlights...More

Thank Letfreedomring1876
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I marvel at the minds who figured out all the complicated pieces, parts, and processes that go into drilling for oil. This is a fascinating museum like no other I have visited. It’s still over my head but I left with a better understanding and...More

Thank ILoveTexas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is uncommonly well done. It provides an authentic tutorial for those interested in learning about off shore drilling.

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were curious as our son is in the oil field service business and had trained to be on an off shore rig. It was fascinating...great museum with models of all the types of oil drilling rigs. This was an actual "jack...More

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great family outing in Galveston port. If anybody has worked on offshore drilling rig a great chance to take your family and children and friends there to show them your old life. It's a well preserved museum and has more of the equipment well...More

Thank Jimi C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many museums in Galveston.This museum is the best of the best.It is unique and magnificent on Gulf of Mexico.The admission fee is only $10.I am not sure the cost of building the museum.But $10 are cheap.We can learn technology and history of oil...More

Thank MarkT4358
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a tour that you can take at your own pace. It is self guided and very interesting. This is interesting for both adults and kids! Since we were there in September we almost had the whole Rig to ourselves.

Thank Susan F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another example of things that I don't know much about that are really fascinating when you take a minute to tour a museum like this. Very good exhibits . Lots of emphasis on safety and I can see why. I'm glad we took the time...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.