Gallery Gateway | American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200

Explore the life, works, and complex legacy of Herman Melville, author of the iconic Moby-Dick. Making use of The Rosenbach’s extensive Melville holdings and numerous loans from partner organizations, including rare manuscripts and first editions, the exhibition examines how Melville fled to the watery fringes of 19th-century life to grasp core truths about American society—and even human nature itself. The exhibition challenges visitors to consider what Melville’s writings have to say about modern America through the lens of marine conservation, globalization, social justice, and LGBTQ+ identity.

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Melville at Shore

Melville at Sea


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