Tour Information

We are delighted that you are interested in visiting the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. Our one-of-a-kind facility gives visitors the unique opportunity to learn all about the oil and gas industry while being aboard a retired jack-up drilling rig. The museum is designed to be a self-guided facility so that visitors can experience the exhibits at their own pace. The Ocean Star is open seven days a week, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with the last ticket sold one hour prior to closing. For a more in-depth experience, museum guidebooks and a handheld audio device are available for purchase in the gift shop.

Reservations are not required for individuals or family groups and tickets can be purchased upon arrival in our gift shop. The following information applies to large groups ranging from student field trips, to scouts, to church groups, or even corporate companies planning to visit the museum.

Educational tours are available for groups of students (K-12) that are organized through a school, home school, scout troop, or similar program. These tours are guided by museum staff at no additional charge and are available Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Educational tours typically last about 1 ½ hours. An appropriate ratio of teachers and bus drivers are admitted free, and chaperones with the group receive a reduced adult rate. All tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance, and the payment must be made in one transaction in order to receive the special group rate.

Student Rate $4/person                                       Chaperone Rate $6/person

If your educational group has 30 people or less and wants to spend more time at the museum (about two hours), we can add an activity to the end of the guided tour. We have a variety of activities available and will be happy to discuss options at the time of booking. These activities are also described in the “See, Hear, Do” publication available for download.

Student Rate $6/person                                       Chaperone Rate $8/person

Adult groups are eligible to receive a reduced rate when there are 25 people or more. The museum is designed to be a self-guided facility, and groups can visit at their leisure after an introduction and film. For a more in-depth experience, we can provide an audio tour system that consists of more than two hours of information recorded from a variety of museum, engineering, and oilfield professionals.  The cost is $5 in addition to admission, and the audio tour is available in English, Spanish and French. To receive the special group rate or reserve audio units, the payment must be made in one transaction and the tour must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

24 adults or less – $10/person                                       25 adults or more – $8/person

Senior rates are available for those aged 55 and older, and groups of 25 people or more are eligible to receive a reduced group rate. The museum is designed to be a self-guided facility, and groups can visit at their leisure after an introduction and film. For a more in-depth experience, we can provide an audio tour system that consists of more than two hours of information recorded from a variety of museum, engineering, and oilfield professionals. The cost is $5 in addition to admission, and the audio tour is available in English, Spanish and French. To receive the special group rate or reserve audio units, the payment must be made in one transaction and the tour must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

24 seniors or less = $8/person                                       25 seniors or more = $6/person

Reservations & Confirmation

For reservations, please contact:
Monica Crossno, Operations Manager
Phone: 409-766-7827
Email: osprograms@oceanstaroec.com

Please have the following information ready when you call:
– Name, address, and phone number of school or group
– Contact person for the group and their email address
– Preferred date and time of visit
– Approximate headcount
(for schools, please provide number of students/teachers/chaperones)

All tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
You will receive a confirmation once your reservation has been processed.

Payments, Cancellations & Changes

Your payment is due upon arrival to ensure the most accurate headcount.
We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
If credit card payment is provided prior to the visit,
partial refunds are not available for non-participants.

Reservations may be cancelled prior to the arrival date without penalty.
Please contact the Operations Manager to cancel your visit.

Any changes to your reservation, i.e. group size, arrival date or time, need to be provided as soon as possible.
We will do our best to accommodate your changes.

For More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information about planning your visit, please contact:
Monica Crossno, Operations Manager
Phone: 409.766.7827
Email: osprograms@oceanstaroec.com

Museum Tour FAQs

Anywhere you can find a parking space! We do not control any of the parking around the museum. There are several paid parking lots within walking distance of the museum, as well as parallel parking in the downtown Strand district. Be prepared to pay between $3.00 and $10.00 for parking in the downtown Strand district. Buses may unload near our entrance, but are not allowed to remain on the pier. Some of the paid parking lots are able to accommodate buses.

No, we have a pedestrian bridge that takes you from our gift shop to the rig.
A typical guided student tour can last anywhere from 1 hour to 1 ½ hours. Group size and interest can dictate the length of the tour. The audio guided tour contains more than two hours of recorded information and visitors can decide how much they want to listen to in a free roaming situation.
Your visit will start with a short introductory video. From there you will visit the three levels of the museum, featuring exhibits and models that explain offshore drilling and production. Additionally, you will be able to tour two exterior areas of the drilling rig.
One guide can easily handle a group of 30 people. If group size reaches 40, we will split the group into smaller numbers. The smaller groups will tour the museum simultaneously. Logistically, the largest group size our museum can accommodate simultaneously is 100 people.
We do not have the facilities for your group to have lunch aboard the rig. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the museum. There is also a grassy area on the pier for picnic lunches, weather permitting.

The majority of our site is indoors or covered. If there is inclement weather, the group can choose not visit the exterior areas of the rig.

If you have any questions or would like more information about planning your visit, please contact:

Monica Crossno, Operatons Manager
Phone: 409.766.7827
Email: osprograms@oceanstaroec.com

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