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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%
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“off shore” (45 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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 3 days ago via mobile

As an adult i really enjoyed seeing and learning about how the do the drilling and how its evolved over time, and seeing all the displays and exhibits. It is good for kids as well, but like most museum they got bored quick. It is...More

Thank codywilley
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm in the industry so I admit that I have a personal interest. It's fascinating to see the way people who work on offshore rigs live.

Thank Regina C
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum provides information on all aspects of offshore oil drilling, including details on the industry, the history and process, which is quite complex and involves many steps. All exhibits were very informative, including the actual rig, outside the...More

Thank kzsull01
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the kids to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum to give them an idea as to what their dad does for a living (he works on a land rig). We learned so much about offshore drilling including the differences of offshore...More

Thank Amber V
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful museum to learn and see anything about drilling rigs. The staff is terrific. The site and location are just perfect when visiting Galveston.

Thank Gina R
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an interesting museum but I think my husband was more into it because his family has been in the oil business for several years. You can spend lots of time looking at things as it is 3 floors of museum.

Thank joya456
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great stop down by the Strand location. Gives you an insight about offshore drilling. Tour the platform at your leasure. We decided to take the Trolly down since it was no cost to ride this year. Parking is expensive just like any...More

Thank Gary Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to go and see what it's like to work and live on an offshore drilling rig. It has actual equipment, exhibit models and and audio information.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was fun and interactive lot of place to take pictures and you get real since of what it take to be offshore Drilling person. great place to take your family or couple

Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I never knew what was really involved in off shore drilling until I say this museum. We spent hours, reading and trying to comprehend what we were actually seeing and the enormity of the task. The engineering behind it is mind-boggling.

Thank Linda L
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Shirley B
What is the price for senior adults?
25 February 2016|
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Response from Ginger R | Reviewed this property |
Jacqueline J
How much is admission fee?
6 February 2016|
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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
Is there parking available?
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.