The New Bedford Whaling Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon is an annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece. The multi-day program of entertaining activities and events is presented every January. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Marathoner's Checklist

Jan 9, 2011 2:58 AMFor your consideration, the fruit of a collective fifteen Moby-Dick Marathons... 

What to Bring
  • A copy of Moby-Dick, of course.  (Or buy a copy in the Museum Gift Shop. Last resort: the Museum 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.  (Or bring your own folding chair.)  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 drink is 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 backpack to hold everything.
  • Cash for donation boxes in the Museum and at the Seamen's Bethel.  Optional, but appreciated.

Arrive Before the Noontime Start
  • Silence your electronics.
  • Make a contribution to the Whaling Museum for an MDM souvenir button ($10 in 2016, $5 in 2017).
  • If you intend to stay in the Museum for the entire 25 hours, and stay awake, register with the volunteer.  You might get 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.