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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  • 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 o...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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?).
  • I took a small group of students to this Museum and we loved it. There was a lot to see and a lot of great models and it was fun to go outside and be on a real oil rig. I would 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.
  • Awesome rig and tour! This told the whole process as how oil was extracted via ocean drill platforms. A must see in Galveston!