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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum at Texas

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum

Pier 19, Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas, 77550
Category: Activities
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ocean star Offshore drilling rig museum

You'll get quite an education about the oil and gas industry at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum, just a stone crab's throw from Harbor House Hotel & Marina. Located on a former jack-up drilling rig named Ocean Star, which operated in the Gulf of Mexico for 20 years, the Museum features three floors of interactive exhibits, production platform models and authentic equipment like remotely-operated vehicles and drill bits. And you'll learn about industry pioneers in the Hall of Fame.



  • Adults: $8
  • Seniors (55 & up): $5
  • Students (7-18): $5
  • Children (6 & under): Free


  • Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Summer: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


  • Playing with Petroleum Workshop
  • Executive Speaker Series
  • Family Days


  • Interactive displays
  • Film presentations
  • Video kiosks
  • Hall of Fame
  • Gift shop


  • Do I have to take a boat to get to the Museum?

    Even though Ocean Star, the former working drilling rig that houses the Museum, is situated in the water, you won't have to take a boat to get to it. All you need to do is make your way across the pedestrian bridge that connects the pier to the Museum's ticket office and gift shop.
  • How much time will I need to see the Museum?

    You'll want to give yourself at least one hour to see all the exhibits and displays. Before embarking on your visit, it's a good idea to watch the 15-minute introductory film to get an overview of what you'll be experiencing. And while this is a self-guided facility, there are docents available to answer any questions you might have.

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