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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

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“oil industry”(69 reviews)
“oil exploration”(16 reviews)
“oil gas”(14 reviews)
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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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 4 days ago via mobile

Our family visited the Offshore Rig. Starts with a short movie, which was interesting and facts we had no idea of. Good to get a perspective of how big these rigs can be. Go after Labor Day during the week, not many there, we had...More

Thank 917timk
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The wife and I enjoyed the museum, we did not know how many different types of off shore rigs there are. I realize that the oil industry has sponsored this museum and that they has lots of good things to say about the older rigs...More

Thank Gary G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of good information but the presentation was very dated - felt like going to a 1960s museum. No interactive exhibits, no video presentations and we left feeling that we didn't have much of a feel for what the rig was actually like when it...More

Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unique museum, not a Disney-fied mock-up of a rig but a real one, and in pretty good shape too. Captions were well written, instructive, and complemented information you might have seen in textbooks or videos. Really liked the interactive displays and short movies, straight from...More

Thank Lapster2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I visited here while on the Island for a few days. It's a great museum and goes into great detail about the oil industry history as well as current day activities. It has indoor and outdoor displays. We had recently been to...More

Thank Janine Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in Galveston - GO HERE! On our trip, this was by far our favorite stop! The museum is designed to entertain and educate individuals of all ages. I learned so much about oil rigs around the world as well as life on...More

Thank saraalycia7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This exhibit offers a view of that the oil industry looks like in the gulf. This is a real working example of an off shore oil drilling rig. Lots of interesting exhibits inside.

Thank bellotglenn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My adult kids and I visited the museum a couple of days ago. I never expected to be so fascinated while learning about hydrocarbons. The museum is very well organized and provides lots of 3D visuals for easier comprehension. Go! You will be glad you...More

Thank goose1126
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Very good museum to learn more about oil company and how to work in there, This job very interesting.

Thank KatairKatissier
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had a great time. We went on a hot day. Bring plenty of bottle water, hat and sunglasses. Tough to find parking unless you eat at a restaurant closer to the museum then walk to the museum. $10.00 per person. No...More

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February 12, 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
January 22, 2018|
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Response from ldasilva944 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I believe it is wheel chair accessible. There are ramps and elevators.
January 22, 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.