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.