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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!
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“oil industry” (61 reviews)
“off shore” (49 reviews)
“oil exploration” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Harborside Drive & 20th St, 20th Street at Harborside Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409-766-7827

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I worked in the oilfield equipment industry for 20 years, yet I learned a lot at this museum. Offshore drilling is very different from land drilling. I thought this museum was very good. The movies were very good.

Thank ChuckBrooks
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is in a retired offshore oil drilling rig. There is a lot to see here, and you can move through quickly like we did and gain a good overview of offshore oil drilling and production - which is a lot more involved than...More

Thank Richard4188
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. There is first a good overview movie to see on the industry. It was well done. There are then three floors of interesting exhibits to see. There are some additional...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Happened upon this place by accident, but glad we did. Very informative. We learned so much about the drilling of oil and the equipment used.

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an original offshore drilling rig moored at the end of a pier. Originaly used in the Gulf. Now a three level museum.

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum gave a great overview of the offshore oil industry that neither of us had any idea about. The movie was informative, the exhibits were thorough and the old rig was interesting. Something I never dreamed I would see.

Thank ldasilva944
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visit to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum was a learning experience for me. A 15 minute film about the offshore oil industry started the tour. The Museum has informative exhibits in addition to seeing the actual equipment on the drilling rig....More

Thank adventurer1234
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our friend was really interested in touring this since he works with crane repairs and I'm glad he introduced us to a new experience. The museum had some replicas of what you would see on and around an oil rig. There was a short video...More

Thank Shirley G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When go see all the big ships in port! & learn a bit about the area & oil/gas! This attraction was educational and eye opening experience !

Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being from Alberta Canada where there is a lot of oil production and a lot of negativity about the industry it was so interesting to see so many daily household items made from oil/gas. There is a display upon entering the rig and the short...More

Thank Laurel M
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Response from TouringTwoTimers | Reviewed this property |
We are Seniors and paid $6.00 each for admission. However, we parked at Pier 21 and were charged $12 for parking having been there from 10AM to 4:15PM which actually comes out to be about $2 an hour. We did Ocean Star... More
16 August 2015|
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Response from OffshoreRig | Property representative |
As previously mentioned, there is a variety of paid parking in the area, but the museum does not own or control any of the parking options.