October 26, 2017

Whaling Museum’s Moby-Dick Marathon returns January 5-7, 2018

Registration for coveted reading spots begins Nov.7; Seats in Seamen’s Bethel awarded by random draw

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Herman Melville enthusiasts and Moby-Dick fans mark your calendars: one of the world’s best known readings of Melville’s iconic American novel returns to the New Bedford Whaling Museum January 5-7, 2018. The 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon attracts thousands of people each year to the Museum’s campus and to the livestream reading online.  The 25-hour marathon takes place in several Whaling Museum galleries and across the street in the Seamen’s Bethel, made famous in Melville’s classic as the Whaleman’s Chapel. Melville attended Bethel services between December 1840 and January 1841, when he sailed out on a whaleship, and his pew is marked. In addition to the main event, the Whaling Museum incorporates two mini-marathons on January 6: a Portuguese-language reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged Moby-Dick; and a children’s version by Classic Starts.

Online registration for volunteer Moby-Dick reading slots begins at 12:01 am on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The 200 or so reading spots typically fill up in a matter of hours. The Museum will hold a drawing for one of the highly coveted Seamen’s Bethel seats where Father Mapple’s fiery sermon from Chapter 9 is enacted. To request a reading slot in the English, Portuguese or children’s readings, or to enter the Seamen’s Bethel drawing, visit www.whalingmuseum.org on or after November 7. The sermon will also be livestreamed in the Museum’s 200-seat Theater and online. For full details about the 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon visit www.whalingmuseum.org. To contact event organizers email  mdmarathon@whalingmuseum.org.

For images contact:
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum







The 2017 Children’s Moby-Dick mini-Marathon.





Reading Moby-Dick in January 2017 next to the Whaling Museum’s half-scale model of a 19thC whaleship, the Lagoda.


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast 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. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.