Grades 10-12

Pre-Visit Activity  |  Program Explanation & Notes (pdf)


The characters and action in Herman Melville’s great American novel are introduced in a program designed to capture the imagination and interest of all students. Whether they have read an abridged version or immersed themselves in the full-length novel, the Moby-Dick program enhances students' understanding of the adventures and trials of whaling.

Teachers are invited to work with us in setting the goals of the Moby-Dick program. Options include:

The tools and technology of whaling

Life aboard a "world-wandering whale-ship"

New Bedford in the time of Herman Melville

Suggested Pre-Visit Activity

Read a version of Moby-Dick


Banner Credit: Detail of Moby Dick Mural preliminary sketch by Richard Ellis. NBWM2011.92.20.


Last modified: December 9, 2011