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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum
Ranked #4 of 101 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Toledo, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

If you're over 55, you qualify for a senior discount. I think we only paid $5/each for our tickets. Most of the display explanations were over our heads (difficult to understand), but the ones that weren't were interesting. There is a film every 15 minutes or so that is good. On two levels you can go outside and walk around on an actual rig. There is an elevator. We were only there about 45 minutes. There is a great restaurant nearby called Olympia Grill. They will validate your parking for up to 3 hours.

Visited April 2014
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McClure, Ohio, United States
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“Very interesting and educational!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

This museum was very interesting. There was a video that the kids really enjoyed that helped them understand the whole museum even more. The displays are well done. The kids had fun working on the student passport books as we made our way through the museum. I liked that the issue of animal life is addressed in the museum and that care is taken for them. I had no idea the amount of work that is done to get ready to create a new drill site. The kids and I really enjoyed this educational opportunity. I highly recommend this museum. It is clean, well put together and easy to find. The cost is also reasonable.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“While on the island why not visit an oil rig”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Really interesting. An hour I was fine to browse however you can spend more time. Amazing what these brave souls do and where they live out at sea. Really enjoyed the variety of this tour.

Visited April 2014
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Sauk Village, Illinois
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Get a taste of what it is like”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

The Ocean Star is a museum filled with exhibits like unmanned underwater vehicles, diving suits and drilling cores. It has dioramas, photographs and video presentations. What sets it apart is that it also has outside decks with drilling equipment and the drilling tower of a real offshore rig. We're glad we were able to experience it.

Visited March 2014
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Interesting, but not overly impressive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

They had good information, and everything was explained well, but not really our type of museum. Felt really pressured to watch their movie to the point where we dodged one of the museum people who was shuffling people into the movie.

Visited October 2013
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