Moby-Dick Marathon Returns to New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD – 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 this January.

The Annual Moby-Dick Marathon attracts thousands of people each year to the museum’s campus and to the online livestream.

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 in the early 1840’s, 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 as well, a Portuguese-language reading; and a children’s version too.

The event kicks off with a pre-marathon dinner, film, and discussion on Friday, January 5th. A Melville Q and A session with local scholars will be on Saturday prior to the start of the marathon set to begin promptly at 12 p.m.

For full details about the 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon visit

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