Tours / Special Events

Offshore Energy Center's Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center

Date:  Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Cost:  $50.00/per person

"Visitors step on board, tour the completely refurbished jackup drilling rig, absorb the day-to-day excitement of offshore drilling and production, marine transportation, environmental protection, construction, pipelining - all experienced through three decks of videos, equipment exhibits and interactive displays. It's a museum, educational attraction and working drilling rig all rolled into one."

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center is a retired jackup drilling rig that offers a fun, hands-on way to learn about the offshore oil and gas industry. Visitors can view specialized oilfield equipment in a comfortable atmosphere and award winning museum unlike any other. The museum celebrates its 20th birthday in April 2017. It is located on Galveston Island, Texas, less than an hour from downtown Houston, the world's petroleum capital.

Visitors board the retired jackup drilling rig and view a video about the offshore industry. The museum features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration and production. Scale models of production platforms, actual drill bits and remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) as well as videos and exhibits explain drilling, geology, seismic, well servicing and production.

Following a leisurely tour inside the museum, visitors can take the skywalk out onto the drill floor of the rig, or visit the exhibits on the pipe deck from the first floor of the museum.