Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Galveston

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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum features three floors of models, exhibits, equipment, and interactive displays depicting the story of offshore oil exploration and production. This retired drilling rig created approximately 200 wells while active, and it's now a self-guided museum featuring drilling platform mock-ups, explanations about pipelines, drill bits, and tubing. Watch a video explaining drilling exploration facts, and take the skywalk out onto the drill floor of the rig. Hands-on exhibits provide interactive education for children. Put Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum into our Galveston online trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Galveston.
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  • September 20, 2017
    I think it's safe to say that most of us will never set foot on and oil rig so this was definitely a cool experience going to give you a feel for what it's like having a lot of very interesting inform...  more »
  • September 11, 2017
    Interesting and informative, but lots of reading. Definitely learned a few things about the oil drilling industry.  more »
  • September 8, 2017
    We recently visited the Museum and it was very interesting to get to know the process of drilling for oil in the sea, all this very well explained there. Great educational place.
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  • April 21, 2017
    This museum tells the story of oil and gas exploration/extraction, particularly off-shore drilling. Mostly, there are a lot of models and movies. Unfortunately, the museum is obviously sponsored by the industry, so there are constant pro-drilling statements, videos with drillers talking about how they never do anything unsafe or anti-environmental, etc. It's​ pretty nauseatingly biased, as you would probably expect from a place like this. They do nonetheless have some fun displays, for example of drill bits and diving suits I was most interested in the ship itself: the museum was converted from a retired jack-up drilling rig. This is kind of cool, but I can't shake the feeling that something was lost in the conversion. For example, my understanding is that the second floor was originally crew quarters. Now, nothing is left from that. Sure, there is a little mock-up dorm on the 3rd floor, but it doesn't give you the same feeling of what it would really be like to live and work on a vessel like this. It is interesting to see the derrick and pipe deck. The price seemed a little high (do we have to pay for our own indoctrination?).
  • May 6, 2017
    This is a museum. It is NOT set up the way it was back 'in the day'. Way too much 'self discovery'. I wish there was more human interest topics. Like where did people sleep / eat / rest, etc. Only pictures and a couple of props, but nothing is authentically set up EXACTLY like it was when it was working. TONS & TONS of reading about HOW oil was obtained, and the short film put all 4 of us to sleep. For me.... generally a very boring Science Lesson.
  • June 28, 2017
    very informative and interesting. The kids were engaged with a "passport" fact finding workbook. i could have spent more time here, but kids got disinterested after 1.5 hours
  • June 20, 2017
    Cute and well put together museum, however oil rigs aren't something I'm interested in so I'm sure I didn't appreciate it at it's full extent. I'm sure if you're interested in this it'd be enjoyable and I'd recommend it.
  • April 18, 2017
    Fun place to take the kids. Lots to see and explore. Prices are very reasonable and staff is friendly. Most parts are easily accessible for those who are handicapped. Glad we visited here.

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