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.)
- Reading glasses, if you use them.
- Medications & tissues, as required.
- Notepad and pen, if you're prone to epiphanies.
- 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.
- Mints or gum, out of consideration for your shipmates.
- Camera (no flash, please)
- Your favorite Web-enabled device. The Museum has made its WiFi network available during recent 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. Museum volunteers provide excellent chowder and beans around 6 PM. Later, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, etc. may appear. Coffee, tea, and cider are available through the night. ...Or you can bring your own food.
Update: The museum's 12/22/12 newsletter stated that "food and beverages will be sold [emphasis mine] on site..." Come prepared.
Note: Food/drink is permitted only in the Jacobs Family Gallery (the large room with the whale skeletons overhead).
- Water bottle. You can refill from the drinking fountain, or bring enough bottled water to last you.
- Knitting/crochet gear. This is a popular pastime.
- Foam sleeping pad and/or sleeping bag. The balcony at the back of the Jacobs Family Gallery has been the de facto crash area after the Museum's exhibits close for the night.
- Washcloth & toothbrush, if 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.
Pick upPurchase your MDM souvenir button, and pick up a list of readers at the door.
- If you're staying for the entire 25 hours, register with the volunteer. You'll get a nice gift at the end of the Marathon.
- If you haven't pre-registered to read, consider signing up as a standby reader.
Relax & Enjoy.