Located less than an hour away from downtown Houston is Galveston Island, TX, the petroleum capital of the world. Also located here is the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center. Visitors to the museum begin their visit by boarding the retired jack-up drilling rig to watch a short film about the offshore drilling industry.
Featuring three floors of interactive displays and models, the museum illustrates the history of offshore gas and oil from seismic technology to exploration to production. Remotely-operated vehicles, actual drill bits, and scale models of production platforms can all be seen at the museum, in addition to exhibits and videos about oil production, well servicing, seismic, geology, and drilling. After a leisurely-paced tour through the museum, visitors have the opportunity to walk out onto the skywalk to explore the drill floor of the rig or take some time to explore the exhibits on the pipe deck from the museum's first floor.
There are many exhibits at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum for visitors to explore and learn more about offshore drilling. The Offshore Drilling: The Promise of Discovery provides guests with a behind-the-scenes look into the technical process of extracting gas and oil offshore. The Pipe Deck contains equipment and exhibits that are too large to be housed inside the museum, including a cementing unit, drill pipe, and a blowout preventer.
Located inside the museum is the Hall of Fame, which recognizes technologies and people that took the oil and gas industry to the sea. Such commemorated people include Herman and George Brown, founders of the engineering giant Brown & Root, as well as Ralph Thomas Mc Dermott who founded J. Ray McDermott, a platform construction and offshore drilling company. Drilling contractor and rig designer Alden J. "Doc" Laborde, oil company tycoon Dean McGee, and former president George H. W. Bush are also featured in the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum's Hall of Fame.
The unique Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum offers visitors the chance to learn more about the offshore oil and gas industry, while exploring a retired jack-up drilling rig. Guests are welcome to explore the museum at their own pace, as it is a self-guided facility. Museum guidebooks and audio tour packages are available for visitors to purchase for a greater in-depth experience. Reservations to visit the museum are not needed for families or individuals. Ticket can be bought at the museum's Gift Shop.
Special tickets rates are available for large groups, however, reservations are required for larger groups to visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum. Adult tours are available for group consisting of twenty-five or more people at reduced rates. Groups can explore the museum at their own pace through a self-guided tour after a brief introduction and video presentation. An audio guided tour can be provided for an addition fee to groups for a more in-depth experience. These audio tours contain over two hours of interpretive information about the museum's exhibits and other features. Educational student tours are also available on weekdays.
Pier 19, 20th Street, Galveston, TX, Phone: 409-766-7827