What to Bring
- A copy of Moby-Dick, of course. Several editions of M-D are available in the Museum Gift Shop. The MDM also has a few copies to loan.
- Warm, layered clothing, with a cap. The Museum is kept at a comfortable temperature, but one's metabolism ebbs in the wee hours.
- A pillow or pad to sit on. The Museum's chairs are hard plastic.
- Foam sleeping pad and/or sleeping bag. The corridors and classrooms adjacent to the Harbor View Gallery are the de facto crash areas after the Museum's exhibits close for the night. Consider bringing a sleep mask (and earplugs)—the overhead lights stay on.
- Your favorite Web-enabled device. The Museum makes its WiFi network available during Marathons. Some power-outlets are available. Best to bring a power-strip or multi-tap so you can share the power.
- Snacks, preferably unspillable, in quiet wrappers. Reasonably priced food and drinks are available Saturday afternoon/evening. Coffee, tea, and possibly cider, are available through the night. Bring some cash, or you can bring your own food.
- Water bottle you can refill from the drinking fountain, or bring enough bottled water to last you.
- Camera (no flash, please)
- Reading glasses, if you use them.
- Medications & tissues, as required.
- Notepad and pen, if you're prone to epiphanies.
- Knitting/crochet gear. This is a popular pastime.
- Toiletries, as required/desired.
- Tote bag
or backpackto hold everything. (As of 2018, backpacks and "oversized bags" are not permitted beyond museum lobby.)
- Cash for donation boxes in the Museum and at the Seamen's Bethel. Optional, but appreciated.
Arrive Before the Noontime Start
Note: Try to make it to "Stump the Scholars" at 10 A.M. (sometimes 9:30). "Call me Ish..." starts at noon.
- Silence your electronics.
- Make a contribution to the Whaling Museum for an MDM souvenir button ($5 in 2019, free in 2020).
- 2020 Update: If you intend to stay in the Museum for the entire 25 hours, pick up the museum's information pamphlet which includes the "Moby-Dick Marathon Voyage Passport." Get your passport stamped every four hours at the reader check-in table, and you'll be rewarded with a nice souvenir at the end of the Marathon.
- If you haven't pre-registered to read, consider signing up as a standby reader.
Relax & Enjoy.
Most of the museum is open through the night. Tour the exhibits.
Check out the parallel activities, particularly "Chat with Melville Scholars."