Less than an hour from downtown Houston, the world's petroleum capital, the Offshore Energy Center (OEC) operates its facility, the Ocean Star. This totally unique museum and learning center is located on Galveston's Pier 19, at Harborside Drive and 20th Street, just one block off The Strand.
Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig which now serves as a museum and educational facility. From geological exploration, to drilling, to oil and gas production, you will see offshore drilling equipment, exhibits and videos on three levels of this refurbished offshore drilling rig.
To more fully enjoy your tour, be sure to get your copy of the official "Ocean Star Self-Guiding Souvenir Tour Guide Book." Available at the Gift Shop, it has more than 150 photos and concise information about the museum's displays, models and equipment.
Seniors over 55: $5
Students (age 7-18): $5
Children 6 & Under: Free
Individual guests and families do not need to call for reservations. Admission tickets can be purchased upon arrival in our gift shop.
If you are interested in bringing a group of 25 individuals or more, please call the Ocean Star at (409)766-7827 for more information. Reduced admission rates available for groups of 25 or more. Group tour requests must be made at least two-weeks in advance.
The Ocean Star is available to rent for meetings, luncheons, theme parties and receptions. Rental options include the Conference Room, the Third Floor or the entire Rig. For additional details, please call (409)766-7827.
Hours of Operation
Open daily: 10am - 5pm
Open daily: 10am - 4pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
*Note: Last admission ticket is sold one hour prior to closing. Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.