Whaling Museum’s Moby-Dick Marathon returns January 3-5, 2020

Registration for drawing to secure coveted reading spot opens Nov. 8

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – One of the world’s best known readings of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel Moby-Dick returns to the New Bedford Whaling Museum January 3-5, 2020. The registration period to enter the drawing for coveted reader slots begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019. Thousands of people participate in the annual Moby-Dick Marathon by volunteering to read passages aloud, following along while nestled in a gallery, watching the live stream, or enjoying one the many events throughout the weekend, including theatrical performances, artistic exhibitions, and/or thematic food and drinks. During the marathon weekend, the Museum also hosts a short Portuguese readathon (three hours long) as well as a children’s marathon. Enter the drawing for any or all of the reader opportunities at www.whalingmuseum.org.

Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 140


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: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. 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.


For High Resolution Images Contact:
Tina Malott
508-997-0046 Ext. 140


Caption (below): Volunteer readers during the 2019 Moby-Dick Marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Online registration for reading slots begins November 8 at www.whalingmuseum.org.

MDM Volunteer reader

Caption (below): Rev. David Lima delivered Father Mapple’s fiery sermon at the Seamen’s Bethel during the Moby-Dick Marathon in 2019.

Rev David Lima MDM24

Caption (below): Hundreds of Moby-Dick enthusiasts gathered in the Whaling Museum’s Bourne Building to await the start of the 2019 Moby-Dick Marathon.

MDM Bourne Building crowd