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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
Phone Number: +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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Unique & well presented

Surprisingly informative for learning the basics of offshore exploration/drilling through videos, excellent models, equipment, and all on a retired offshore drilling rig relocated... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Vashon Island WA
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Vashon Island WA
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Surprisingly informative for learning the basics of offshore exploration/drilling through videos, excellent models, equipment, and all on a retired offshore drilling rig relocated to Galveston' port waterfront.

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Westport, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent experience to get the feel of an oil rig and see the heavy equipment necessary to operate the structure. Lots more to the setup than meets the eye, especially the under sea apparatus. We had a quick look around, but one could spend a couple of hours there taking the audio tour and looking at all of the equipment.... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having no family or friend in the oil business, I have never thought about building or living on an oil rig. It was a truly fascinating hour visit. With the senior discount it was very reasonable.

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Thank DakotaRose_24
Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the oil rig tour, the movie and the exhibits. It was a fabulous way to spend a few hours learning about extracting a very important resource, the history and advances they industry has made over time.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The information, displays, movie, the oil rig itself I found to be a great attraction to spend at least 2 hours! Great history and information on drilling, and all it entails.

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Thank Angie C
Kingsville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fabulous place to visit. Found out many interesting thins about oil rigs and those that work them. Lots of models to show what is being done.

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Thank LionFred
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An OK visit. Learned a few things. Was good to be able to get up onto the drill platform. The only complaint is the parking - $6 seemed a little steep.

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Lima
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting location (on wharf ) and layout. Nice staff. Easy way to learn more about how oil wells are drilled and what people who work on drillling rigs in the ocean actually do. Would have been good to have a summary of what happens to oil afterwards -- how it is transported to the refineries, and eventually reaches the gas... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband, an engineer, wanted to visit the Ocean Star to learn more about offshore drilling. I was not as enthused, but curious as well. The information provided here is amazing and we both went away from the Ocean star with a new respect for just what ocean drilling involves. We learned a lot about the whole process! Amazing to... More 

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Differdange, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good introduction to oil rigs and how they work in general. The overall presentation is alright although the film dating from 1997 does not meet today's standards of presentation anymore. I bet, the technology has made a leap too since then...

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