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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
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+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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Never knew I was interested in learning about off shore oil drilling but I'm glad I came here. Very interesting place. Stayed about an hour and a half. The movie is good and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Sarona, Wisconsin, United States
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Sarona, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Never knew I was interested in learning about off shore oil drilling but I'm glad I came here. Very interesting place. Stayed about an hour and a half. The movie is good and describes different procedures for drilling. There's lots to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Since I didn't have any prior knowledge of how offshore drilling works, there was a lot to take in, but the information is presented well. I'm not sure little kids would enjoy it, but I was fascinated by the ocean floor exhibits, etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in oilfield production this is the place for you. Very informative film and displays. You can go to mid derrick and see some of the controls and drilling equipment. There are elevators that take you to the three different floors. Staff was really friendly and helpful. We toured the museum in about one hour.

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Rowlett, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to the museum is a must if you would like to learn about how drilling rigs work. Plan on spending about 3 hours and have your kids fill out the scavenger hunt book. We got lots of great information by filling out the book!

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Troutville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was too cold to be on the beach, so needing things to do we visited the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum and I am so glad we did. There is do much to see and to learn about this subject. Its a world unknown to me, and this museum definitely helped in my understanding of the work,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great experience. Learned so much about what goes into drilling an of fshore well. Our 5 year old even was admitted for free. We were told it would take and hour to walk thru, but we were there for 2 hours, so much interesting things about the offshore drilling that I had no idea what went into... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting - first time in Texas so had to learn all about this. definitely a must see. Located right next door to the Elissa and Seaport Museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought this could possibly be the attraction which I simply attended with my enthusiastic husband; I was pleasantly surprised. it was very interesting, especially given all of the recent attention to pipelines in recent days. Well worth the money spent.

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Big Horn, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed learning about off-shore drilling for oil. The self guided tour was great because we could go at our own pace. It was a very windy day, so we didn't spend too much time out on deck. It would be nice to go back with children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I will recommend this place to whoever wants to learn more about oil rig. You will visit Ocean star which is a rig, see the physical goods on board, learn on various types of drilling rigs , liked jack-up, semi- submersible, FPSO. A good family outing place.

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