Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsScience Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Melinda M
    Powhatan, Virginia344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Learning Experience
    What a great experience. We've always seen the oil platforms out in the Gulf or along the California coast. We never knew about the various types of platforms or how they are erected. There are lots of videos explaining different processes in drilling for oil. There's a great short movie giving an overview of the workings of the platforms. There is a model showing all the floors of a platform, either the working or living levels.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • jeff77664
    Downingtown, Pennsylvania580 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique museum relative to US
    A tip - if you want free parking, you can park near Railroad Museum which is about 15 minute walk. There is a section with free 2 hour parking near Railroad Museum. 3 levels with outdoor stuff on 1st and 3rd levels. Display some drill type of equipment. 15 minute movie which cycles. Have been done an oil rig museum in the past in Morgan City, LA and found this museum not to be quite as good. Alot of the exhibits were more general type of stuff.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
  • driscoj18
    Kenosha, Wisconsin17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Close-up look at offshore drilling
    We spent 90 minutes and could have stayed three hours. It was a fascinating and detailed look at offshore drilling, including the service companies that support it. We got to see many replicas of the equipment in addition to the actual drill rig itself. I recommend going in the morning before it gets very busy. Tie in a dolphin boat tour while you’re there. Be aware that the parking machine outside doesn’t work yet they will still write tickets. If you park near one of the restaurants, they will give you three hours of parking.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 December 2023
  • lfredregill
    Texas94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience
    My husband and I came here on recommendation from Aaron from SegWay Tours - otherwise we wouldn't have bothered. We learned A LOT as we had no clue about offshore drilling. After about 2 hours, we were "full" from learning although there was more to read/experience. Put this one your Must Do list because they're are not a common museum
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2024
  • waynek752
    Coopersville, Michigan45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    This was a great experience. We saw several oil rigs out in the gulf of Mexco and wondered how they worked. We saw that Galveston has a retired rig and they explain how everything g works. This rig had 49 people, They worked 21 days and then returned home. They worked 12 hour days and the other 12 hours they could do what they wanted to do. These off shore rigs pump the oil into lines that go to shore. They trench the bottom sand and lay the piping and then put gravel over the pipes to hold them down. They even have a helicopter parked on the platform
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Slim S
    Lacombe, Canada100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent presentation of how an offshore rig works
    Very good presentation of an offshore rig and all its workings. Great for anyone who has ever worked the rigs to bring back memories or explain to the family what goes on there. Interesting displays and informative presentation. Info on the divers equipment and remote controlled underwater vehicles.. The only thing extra I would like to have seen is video of tripping pipe on the drill floor, both tripping out u to o see the mud fly and tripping to to see the motorman through it the spinning chair, like the old days. Great stop for ex- rig pigs and their wives!!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 February 2024
  • 404HappyTraveller
    Saskatchewan, Canada481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done!
    I had a fair idea of how drilling worked on land, but really no idea how it worked on the water. Well, now I have a better understanding of how these rigs work. Great museum, a big part of which is that it’s an actual rig, but is well presented and well organized as well. Took about 90 minutes to go through, including a short film to start. Very interesting and informative.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
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Fun4Me2Travel
Nebraska1,269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The tour is a self guided tour. They do have scavenger hunts for the kids to do, one easier than the other. Starts with a video presentation. You then walk through multiple levels both indoor and outside.
Written 8 June 2024
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visiting the Houston Texas area with refineries everywhere, we wanted to learn more about the oil industry. Overall, we enjoyed a visit to Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig.
Pros: Museum is a small, 3 story drilling platform anchored in Galveston port, close to the cruise terminal. The museum only charges a small fee and staff was very friendly. Visitors can easily get a basic understanding about the history and mechanics of oil drilling in about an hour. Actual equipment is displayed, and there is an introductory movie. From the gangway leading up to the museum and the outside areas, visitors have a beautiful view of the passing sightseeing and fishing boats and a large number of pelicans sitting on the nearby rocks. When we visited, there was plenty of cheap street parking closeby.
Cons: There is a large amount of reading throughout the museum, and it could be tedious. If I went back, I would probably spend the extra money for the audio guide. The air conditioning is really loud. Why do I care? When the air came on, it became really difficult to hear the video clips playing throughout the museum unless you are standing super close. The museum feels a little dated and in my opinion, the large gallery of famous Texas oil men and innovators was somewhat strange to me. Naturally, the display puts a very positive spin on the environmental impact of drilling.
Overall, I would be recommend for anyone with an interest in science.
Written 26 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

404HappyTraveller
Saskatchewan, Canada481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I had a fair idea of how drilling worked on land, but really no idea how it worked on the water. Well, now I have a better understanding of how these rigs work. Great museum, a big part of which is that it’s an actual rig, but is well presented and well organized as well. Took about 90 minutes to go through, including a short film to start. Very interesting and informative.
Written 4 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Slim S
Lacombe, Canada100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very good presentation of an offshore rig and all its workings. Great for anyone who has ever worked the rigs to bring back memories or explain to the family what goes on there. Interesting displays and informative presentation. Info on the divers equipment and remote controlled underwater vehicles..
The only thing extra I would like to have seen is video of tripping pipe on the drill floor, both tripping out u to o see the mud fly and tripping to to see the motorman through it the spinning chair, like the old days. Great stop for ex- rig pigs and their wives!!
Written 26 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

waynek752
Coopersville, MI45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a great experience. We saw several oil rigs out in the gulf of Mexco and wondered how they worked.
We saw that Galveston has a retired rig and they explain how everything g works. This rig had 49 people, They worked 21 days and then returned home. They worked 12 hour days and the other 12 hours they could do what they wanted to do.
These off shore rigs pump the oil into lines that go to shore. They trench the bottom sand and lay the piping and then put gravel over the pipes to hold them down.
They even have a helicopter parked on the platform
Written 22 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

lfredregill
Texas94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
My husband and I came here on recommendation from Aaron from SegWay Tours - otherwise we wouldn't have bothered. We learned A LOT as we had no clue about offshore drilling. After about 2 hours, we were "full" from learning although there was more to read/experience. Put this one your Must Do list because they're are not a common museum
Written 21 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

driscoj18
Kenosha, WI17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We spent 90 minutes and could have stayed three hours. It was a fascinating and detailed look at offshore drilling, including the service companies that support it. We got to see many replicas of the equipment in addition to the actual drill rig itself. I recommend going in the morning before it gets very busy. Tie in a dolphin boat tour while you’re there. Be aware that the parking machine outside doesn’t work yet they will still write tickets. If you park near one of the restaurants, they will give you three hours of parking.
Written 31 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jeff77664
Downingtown, PA580 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A tip - if you want free parking, you can park near Railroad Museum which is about 15 minute walk. There is a section with free 2 hour parking near Railroad Museum.
3 levels with outdoor stuff on 1st and 3rd levels. Display some drill type of equipment. 15 minute movie which cycles. Have been done an oil rig museum in the past in Morgan City, LA and found this museum not to be quite as good. Alot of the exhibits were more general type of stuff.
Written 12 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Melinda M
Powhatan, VA344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What a great experience. We've always seen the oil platforms out in the Gulf or along the California coast. We never knew about the various types of platforms or how they are erected. There are lots of videos explaining different processes in drilling for oil. There's a great short movie giving an overview of the workings of the platforms. There is a model showing all the floors of a platform, either the working or living levels.
Written 1 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Laura M
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I liked it. Not a lot to it but we learned a lot. Made me understand a bit better why gas is expensive. Part of the cost is because its work to get to it.
Written 6 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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