Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum
Hours and Admission Prices
Step aboard a retired oil rig at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum in Galveston. This unique museum and learning center tells the story of the Gulf Coast's oil and gas industry through three floors of interactive displays and fascinating exhibits.
Hours of operation and admission prices for the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum in Galveston are listed below. You'll also find information on tours and Family Day events.
The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum is available for weddings, corporate conferences, luncheons, dinners, and family reunions. Overnight Camp is also offered on the fourth Friday or fourth Saturday of each month for groups of 17 or more.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum Hours
Open Daily: 10 AM - 5 PM
Summer Hours: 10 AM - 6 PM
The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum Admission Prices
Seniors (55+): $8
Youth (7-18): $6
Children 6 and Under: Free
Active Duty Military and their Families: Free with photo ID from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums program.
Reduced rates are available for groups of 25 or more - call the museum for more information.
Note: Last admission tickets are sold one hour prior to closing.
The museum is set up to be a self-guided facility; some people, however, desire a more in-depth learning experience. Printed guide books that contain exhibit photos and in-depth information on the museum’s displays are available for purchase and make for a great educational souvenir. Audio guide units may be rented for $5. The hand-held devices contain recorded tracks that correspond with museum exhibits and are available in English, Spanish, and French.
For larger groups of 25 or more, tours may be arranged in advance. For more information on Ocean Star’s tours, please visit the museum’s website.
Bring the kids to an educational event they'll love!
The second Saturday of each month is Family Day. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., special events for children focus on a theme related to the offshore oil industry. Kids learn about the process of drilling for oil, equipment on the oil rig, and products derived from hydrocarbons. Demonstrations and hands-on activities provide fun for kids as they learn scientific concepts pertaining to the world around them. Parents are encouraged to get involved as well, creating a great family learning experience. Children younger than 18 years are admitted for free with a paying chaperone.
Galveston, TX 77550