Moby-Dick Marathon Reading

October 19-20, 2018 

Join Independence Seaport Museum and The Rosenbach for a great white whale of a celebration! Spanning a full 24 hours, Herman Melville's masterpiece will be read in its entirety, accompanied by a boatload of food and fun activities for all ages.  

Purchase tickets or become a sponsor here

Schedule of Events 

Friday, October 19 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
The Harpoon Saloon: A VIP Reception on the fantail of Cruiser Olympia. Sing along with sea shanties, savor seafaring eats, and sip a glass of wine while supporting The Rosenbach and Independence Seaport Museum with a festive evening on land and sea. 

7:30 p.m. 
The Moby Dick marathon reading begins and continues until the book has been read completely, roughly 24 hours later! Readings will take place throughout Independence Seaport Museum including from the deck of Schooner Diligence and Museum terraces overlooking the Delaware River. 

Saturday, October 20 
Readings will continue from midnight until the last word of the novel, which is anticipated between 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Queequeg's Chowder Tasting takes place on Saturday afternoon. Sample chowders from local restaurants, or just relish a bowl!

Sign up to be a reader

If you would like to be a reader, please email Edward G. Pettit at Please indicate what times you are available to read and we will do our best to accommodate. 

Buy Tickets 

General Admission to readings only 
$20 for adults / $15 for children

A general admission ticket allows you to come and go throughout the 24 hour readings as often as you like. 

Chowder Tasting 
$25 in advance / $30 at the door 

Includes a tasting of each chowder (one full-size serving of chowder and a bottle of water), and allows you to come and go throughout the 24 hour readings as often as you like. 

VIP Tickets
$150 ($100 is tax-deductible) 

Includes chowder tasting, a two-hour VIP reception on Cruiser Olympia on Friday, October 19, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., plus you can come and go throughout the 24 hour readings as often as you like.  

To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please visit The Rosenbach website or contact Alicia Thomas at 215-732-1600, ext. 123.