Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum in Galveston!

Address: Pier 19, Galveston, TX

One of our favorite things to do in Galveston is to visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum.  It’s a great museum focused on the offshore oil and gas industry… but the best part is that it’s housed on a retired jackup drilling rig off Pier 19!

You buy tickets in the gift shop and then walk across the long pedestrian bridge to the Ocean Star.

Kids get a passport to fill out and there are several hands-on activities for them.  On the first floor there is a basket to climb on and on the top floor, there is a whole corner for kids to play and dress up.

In addition to this, there is a film to get you started with your tour, displays, actual examples of equipment and exhibits about careers.

The tour of Ocean Star usually takes about an hour.  We stop by, enjoy the air conditioned tour on the oil rig and head to our next Galveston stop.  For more to do in Galveston, with kids, go HERE!

Also check out the calendar for family days and other activities for kids!






Free Admission for Active-Duty Military Personnel and their Families to 6 Houston Museums, Memorial Day – Labor Day

Cullen Sculpture Garden at Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Six Houston Museums will participate as part of Blue Star Museums, a program offering free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families. A collaboration among the Department of Defense, Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 2,000 museums across the United States, the Blue Star Museums initiative runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

These include:

  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
  • Dunham Bible Museum
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • The Menil Collection
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum in Galveston is also participating.

Some of these museums are free every day to everyone, but I’m especially excited about the Museum of Fine Arts and the Offshore Drilling Rig Museum!

To see all participating Texas museums, and to learn more, go HERE!


$8 for Two Adults – Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center – Downtown Galveston – Groupon 10/1/11 – 10/2/11


A side deal on Groupon is $8 for admission for two adults to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center in Galveston. (Or, you can get a family admission for $13.)   Children under 6 are free.   Go HERE to check it out.

For $8, you get two adult admissions (up to a $16 value).
For $13, you get family admission (up to a $26 total value) that includes:
Two adult tickets (up to a $16 value)
Two children’s tickets (up to a $10 value). Children younger than 6 are admitted for free.

This museum is housed in retired jackup drilling rig and has interactive museum exhibits grant insight into relationships between geology & seismic technology.

The Fine Print:
Expires Apr 3, 2012
Children must be under 18; children 6 and under are free. Valid only for option purchased.