New Bedford Whaling Museum closed Friday, January 3
Moby-Dick Marathon will go on, Jan. 4-5

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.)  — The New Bedford Whaling Museum is closed Friday, January 3 due to the snow forecast. The Moby-Dick Marathon will go on, January 4-5 as scheduled with the following updates:

- CANCELED – Friday, January 3rd dinner is canceled. Ticketholders will be reimbursed.

- POSTPONED – Gene Scheer lecture is postponed to Saturday, January 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. “Stump the Scholars” program is canceled.

- POSTPONED – “Martin and Moby” exhibit opening of works by Mattapoisett artist Peter Michael Martin is postponed to Sunday, January 5 at 1:00 p.m. immediately following the marathon.


UPDATED Moby-Dick Marathon Schedule

Saturday, January 4

10:00 a.m. – Free public program, "Mast-headers and opera glasses: A conversation with librettist Gene Scheer about creating Moby-Dick the opera with Jake Heggie", Cook Memorial Theater

11:30 a.m. – Moby-Dick “Extracts,” read by the Melville Society, Bourne Building

11:50 a.m. – Welcome, James Russell, President and CEO

12:00 p.m. – Moby-Dick Marathon reading begins, Bourne Building

1:30 p.m. – Chapters 7-9 in the Seamen’s Bethel

2:30 p.m. – Marathon continues in the Jacobs Family Gallery

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Chat with Melville scholars, Wattles Family Gallery

4:00-5:30 p.m. – Chat with Melville artist Peter Michael Martin, Centre Street Gallery

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Conversation with Melville artist Vanessa Hodgkinson, Wattles Gallery

7:00 p.m. – Chapters 35-40 “Midnight, Forecastle” performed by Culture*Park

8:00 p.m. – Marathon continues, Jacobs Family Gallery


Sunday, January 5

9:30-11:00 a.m. – Chat with Melville scholars, Wattles Family Gallery

10:00-11:30 a.m. – Chat with Melville artist Peter Michael Martin, Centre Street Gallery

1:00 p.m. – Marathon finale

1:00 p.m.  – Exhibit opening “Martin and Moby”, Centre Street Gallery


Live streaming of the entire reading will be available on the museum’s website To view on Smartphones and tablets, download the free app. Use #MDM18 in all social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest. Refreshments will be available for sale throughout the marathon.

Sponsored in part by Rockland Trust and Empire Loan Charitable Foundation, admission is free to marathon programs. Freewill donations supporting museum programs are gratefully accepted.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Winter hours, November through March: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on holiday Mondays. For more info:


For more information contact:

Arthur Motta, (508) 997-0046, ext. 153