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 and Military: $8
Students (age 7-18): $6
Children 6 & Under: Free
Galveston for Homeschools
The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum offers guided and self-guided tours of a retired jack-up drilling rig. The rig is a mat-supported jackup that was built in 1969 by Bethlehem Steel.
There are three floors within the museum that include scale models and interactive displays that visitors can explore through a self-guided tour, providing a close-up look at what life is like on a drilling rig. It houses some of the equipment that has been historically used to tap the vast natural energy resources beneath the world’s oceans.
The information covered includes such topics as seismic technology, production, exploration, and the history of offshore oil and gas.
This is a must-stop for children and adults interested in the science behind oil exploration, and it also allows an educational look at an industry that has been historically strong in Texas.
You can learn more about the museum on its Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center website.
Before You Visit
During Your Visit
- Give yourself one to two hours to tour the three floors of the rig.
- Take your camera or phone and take photos of everything that interests you, including some of the display text.
After Your Visit
- Write down everything you learned about offshore drilling, or use the Mind Map activity sheet to map out everything you leaned.
- Do further research on the items in the museum that you took photos of and conduct internet research about each one.
- Conference Room: 24 for seated
- Third Floor: 65 for seated
- Entire Rig: 300 for stand up
GALVESTON ISLAND PASS
The Ocean Star participates on the Galveston Island Pass! The pass allows you to select attractions that save you up to 40% off admission prices when you choose to visit four or more participating attractions.
Purchase tickets online by clicking here!
Hours of Operation
Daily: 10am - 5pm
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.