Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Galveston

(4.3/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The oil rig was until about ten years ago still is in use since she Museum explaining very clearly and well built with Nafisi on perfect weather worth a visit
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  • We went here when the weather in Galveston was poor. We learned a lot about oil rigs. It was neat to see the different styles and drills. We also enjoyed the videos. Lots of small detail that help you...  more »
  • Very interesting to go on an Oil Rig platform to see how they are built, maintained and operate. This is a small Rig, but they show the various sizes of the different rigs, some of them are huge. I wo...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum we visited by chance. Having worked in O&G it was great to show the family how offshore/onshore drilling works. The videos are all pretty dated, though. Would like to see some newer technology/videos shown (not from the 1980's).
  • Was looking for activities for the family and we weren't disappointed with this museum. They have an informative movie that plays about every half hour. And though their sound system & movie could use some serious updating, it was very good at getting us an overview of offshore drilling prior to the self-guided tour. I recommend this movie for any newcomer to the industry, which my family clearly was. The museum contained many learning opportunities to keep us busy for a few hours. We especially liked to see the models and how many different rigs there were. Some have commented on their pro-oil stance, but this is energy & a reality for our American existence. I appreciated their facts combatting anti-petroleum propaganda regarding concern for the environment & safety. Most of all, the experience was a great trip for the entire family. It is interesting to kids and a cure for curiosity regarding offshore drilling. Very affordable & they offer a military discount. 1-3hrs depending on interest. Well worth it.
  • When we visited it was towards the end if the day so we didn't have time to linger. The website says about two hours to go through. However if you're into the oil and gas industry, plan about three to look at and read all the exhibits. Our child was not very interested in the information at seven. However the models and displays were neat to look at as well as all the big equipment. While we were there we watched a cruise ship depart as we stood on the third floor. Altogether it was a very informative and will designed museum. Definitely worth the cost of entrance!
  • Surprisingly interesting. I didn't realize how little I knew about offshore oil drilling, but this had detailed explanations with good displays. The rig was fun to explore.
  • Very interesting and educational. A lot to see and read so plan some time ahead if you want to know everything on oil production and drilling techniques.