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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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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 2 days ago via mobile

Really nice experience. Price was good and the staff was very friendly. You learn alot about how the rigs work and what goes on in there.

Thank dcolon26
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You will learn, enjoy all the pictures and you will be amaze of everything that is here. How they live, food, work and how they extract the oil from under the ocean floor. Very good for family and kids... Highly Recommend!!!

Thank Jose R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed the experience being on the rig. The 15 minute movie was a great overview of the process from beginning to end. Tons of interactive exhibits both inside and out.

Thank Karinda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Learned a lot about the oil and gas industry and how important it is to our everyday life. It is not just gas in our cars!

Thank DonnaDonna W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our 6 year old grandson, and he loved it. Very interesting. Me and husband has been before took our children and started with the next generation. He was amazed to see the large pipes, and what all they make. When we took him...More

Thank tammyaxt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found the Ocean Star Museum very interesting. My two young children however found it interesting in spurts. I would like to visit again someday when my boys are older or without them altogether. If you're interest in learning a little about offshore drilling and...More

Thank Troy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a neat place to visit with our boys 4 and 7. Boys love exploring things and I think they liked looking at everything with their dad. I have to say they had a lot of interesting displays which made learning more fun. This...More

Thank kolpcar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to escape the heat and learn about off-shore drilling. Located next to fishermans warf restaurant, which was fabulous! It is a low cost, air conditioned museum. Nice way to escape the heat from the hot, humid summer day. Also a great way to...More

Thank Rosella M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting Galveston while my wife was working in the area for the day and wanted to do something different. I saw the Ocean Star Museum and figured why not give it a shot. It was a super cool experience. Growing up in Texas...More

Thank kingofthehill81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family really enjoyed our visit here. Our kids, ages 13(boy) & 8(girl), both found several exhibits they enjoyed. They had a family package which saved us a few dollars. We all learned a lot about the process of oil production and just how much...More

Thank jennrdh36
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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
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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.