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!


Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center

Ocean Star Drilling Museum Rig
Address:  Pier 19, Galveston, Texas
Hours: Open Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Check HERE for updates.

UPDATE: Please see the latest review HERE!

My 5 year old, Joe, can spend hours looking at the Weiss Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  In an effort to encourage his curiosity but add a little variety (for his parents), we headed to Galveston to the Ocean Star Offshore Rig Museum.

The Ocean Star Museum is housed in a retired jackup drilling rig.  There are three floors of models and interactive displays that show the history of offshore oil and gas.  There are movies, scale models, actual drill bits, vehicles and more.  There is also a third floor skywalk to the drill floor of the rig.  Check out the virtual tour HERE and HERE.

Ocean Star Drilling Museum Equipment
We arrived just before lunch time over summer break.  We did not see free parking so we parked in a nearby lot.  The museum is wheelchair accessible, so I assume a stroller would be easy enough to navigate, but we just had the big kids walk and James hang out in the Baby Bjorn.

Ocean Star Drilling Museum Walkway
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