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Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center

Downtown Galveston

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Housed in retired jackup drilling rig, interactive museum exhibits grant insight into relationships between geology & seismic technology

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Promotional value expires Apr 3, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Children must be under 18; children 6 and under are free. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center - Downtown Galveston: Admission for Two or Family of Four to "Ocean Star" Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center in Galveston

Learning about science in a museum is safer than experiencing it firsthand by accidentally ingesting a science textbook. Embrace science with today's Groupon to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center. Choose between the following options:

  • For $8, you get two adult admissions (up to a $16 value).
  • For $13, you get family admission (up to a $26 total value) that includes:
    • Two adult tickets (up to a $16 value)
    • Two children’s tickets (up to a $10 value). Children younger than 6 are admitted for free.


Set aboard a retired drilling rig docked at Galveston’s Pier 19, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center introduces visitors to the genesis of everyday petroleum products with three floors of models and interactive displays. Explore specialized offshore equipment required to extract the energy beneath the world’s oceans, snooping around the jackup drilling rig in which the museum is set, remotely operated vehicles, and huge buckets. Because the museum’s rig is retired from active drilling duties, guests can cross the skydeck to the drill floor for a firsthand look at the tools of petroleum production before heading below to the pipe deck to explore more informational exhibits. Scale models of production platforms and authentic drill bits detail the relationships between geology, seismic technology, drilling, and production, and educational videos link energy exploration to petroleum-based products ranging from wax lips to floppy disks.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center

Feet patter across three information-packed floors stacked inside the Ocean Star, a former drilling rig that spends its retirement as a museum and education center on Galveston's Pier 19. After two decades drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the rig has since been revamped and outfitted with interactive models and displays that illustrate the story of offshore oil, gas, and the energies that lurk beneath the world's oceans. Visitors can tap into videos for explanations of drilling, geology, and seismic topics, or stand next to scale models of production platforms. In addition to its lineup of eye-popping sites, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center harbors ongoing exhibits showcasing the industry's careers, history, and safety measures. Self-guided tours seven days a week enable guests to explore the rig's nooks at their own pace, while an onboard staff stands by to answer questions and courteously laugh at all petroleum-related knock-knock jokes.

Customer Reviews

31 Ratings

Great!!!!!
L. R. · August 27, 2012
thanks for the fun
Venessa T. · June 10, 2012
It was a great experience we had 3 generations of family with us we we all enjoyed learning about the rig
Pat H. · March 30, 2012
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    Downtown Galveston

    2100 Harborside Dr.

    Galveston, Texas 77550

    409-766-7827

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