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. By using our Galveston itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum and other attractions in Galveston.
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  • Had time to kill and had seen many other sites on the island, so decided to use a pass a friend had given me...WOW, was this a wonderful surprise! I had an hour and a half, and could have stayed anoth...  more »
  • Suggest you do the introductory 15 minute first. It's a good intro to the rig. Interesting exhibits otherwise and young kids should enjoy it. There is a handout set of questions for the kids which kee...  more »
  • Having just seen a movie regarding the 2010 worst oil rig disaster in history, I was interested in checking out this museum to get a better understanding of how these rigs work. Plus, never having bee...  more »
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  • 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?).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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