How Can You Tour a Drilling Rig?


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Visit the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum in Galveston, Texas, or the International Petroleum Museum & Exposition in Morgan City, Louisiana, to explore a retired oil rig. Alternatively, contact the Countryside Conservancy which works with energy companies, as of November 2015, to plan rig tours for interested people.

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The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum features three floors of interactive displays and models and a skywalk onto the rig's drill floor. The tour is self-guided, and visitors can purchase guide books and audio tour packages for in-depth information. The International Petroleum Museum & Exposition offers organized tours of the Mr. Charlie offshore drilling rig.

The Countryside Conservancy works with energy companies such as Chesapeake Energy and Cabot Oil & Gas, to arrange tours of working drilling rigs to help promote better understanding of the processes. The organization collects the names and numbers of people who are interested in taking a tour.

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