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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!
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oil industry” (66 reviews)
“off shore” (49 reviews)
“oil exploration” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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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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"self guided tour"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting museum and I certainly learned a lot. I guess mostly I learned that I should be buying way less plastic... maybe way less of everything. Fairly interactive. Friendly staff. I am glad I went.

Thank itwasfunwhileitlaste
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Top marks. Family friendly and it held my partners interest (doesn't like museums) for the duration of our visit

Thank Laurel H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good information and displays informing of the history of Offshore Drilling and the development of rigs. Excellent models.

Thank ElsieSP
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is very informative on the oil drilling process. Having never been on an oil drilling platform I never knew the process was so complex. The museum goes through the whole process and you can start the tour with a good movie about it....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum in Galvestion Island,Texas is a very educational museum on actual oil rig not in use. It has three levels and first and third levels have outside exhibits to see a oil derrick up close. Parking will cost you...More

Thank Christa W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Jackup Ocean Star oil rig last week and enjoyed the experience. Located at the harbor, and reasonably priced, it was well worth the time spent there. We spent about 90 minutes there, and could have spent more We started with the movie,...More

Thank DorothyB99
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has been a very informational and very worthwhile time. Really enjoyed seeing the process of offshore drilling.

Thank wkshort
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned so much during our visit. There is a short movie about the oil industry that is perfect to watch before you view all the exhibits. Would recommend you take time to visit.

Thank Ruth S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty good coverage of oil rigs and oil exploration taking you every step of the way from research, analysis, test drilling, setting up oil fields and exploitation including legal and safety and s ton of other subjects. Loads of great models and videos, great outside...More

Thank northernneckinn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative about the Oil industry, how oil is located, drilled,etc. It was interesting to see actual equipment, technologies that are used. Very detailed but there are also activities for kids.

Thank Donna L
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precious2200
13 February 2018|
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Response from Derek P | Reviewed this property |
I would say more for school age children but little ones might like all the sounds and colors in the museum and the size of the rig set up outside.... My daughters were 9&11 and they weren't excited at first but had a great... More
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tcbird
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.
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tcbird
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.
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