Pictured above is the Ocean Star, an offshore drilling rig located in Galveston, Texas. This jackup rig worked in the Gulf of Mexico for 20 years before being retired and hauled to Galveston, where it now serves as a museum dedicated to the offshore oil & gas industry. The museum houses an education center that explains the process of drilling for oil & gas in the ocean as well as giving you an idea of what life is like for the workers who lived and worked on the rig for several weeks at a time (they even have several uniforms that you can try on). The rig itself is the big draw, as most of the original drilling equipment is still on board. You can freely walk around the pipe deck and drill floor, which showcases drill bits, a mud pump, derrick, and the “Christmas Tree”. I think the best part of the museum, though, is the gift shop, where you can purchase oil related gifts such as derrick earrings and cookie cutters. Yes, really.
If you’re ever in Galveston, this place is definitely worth a visit. Plus, it’s near Joe’s Crab Shack, so afterward you can sit down to a big plate of fried seafood and a gigantic beer.