Uptown Man Begins Month-Long Museum Stay

Kevin Byrne will chronicle experience in blog, on social media

By Al Romero
|  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011  |  Updated 2:26 PM CDT
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Kevin Byrne was greeted with a lot of fanfare as he moved into his new digs at 57th and Lake Shore Drive -- better known as the Museum of Science and Industry.

Kevin Byrne was greeted with a lot of fanfare as he moved into his new digs at 57th and Lake Shore Drive -- better known as the Museum of Science and Industry.

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An Uptown man was greeted with a lot of fanfare Wednesday morning as he moved into his new digs at 57th and Lake Shore Drive -- better known as the Museum of Science and Industry.

Kevin Byrne was chosen earlier this month as the winner of the institution's Month at the Museum 2 contest. Through Nov. 17, Byrne, a former biology major from Virginia's College of William and Mary, will eat, sleep, drink and play in the museum's 14 acres.

Byrne seemed surprised by all the attention he was getting.

"This is kind of mind-blowing. It's a little surreal, I have to say," he said at a podium setup outside his transparent "office."

Museum President and CEO David Mosena greeted Byrne and presented him with tools he'll need during his month-long stay: an iPad, computer, camera, food pass and a t-shirt for every day of his stay.

Byrne, a digital media analyst, will explore the museum, interact with guests and report it all in a blog, on Facebook and Twitter.

He'll also take home $10,000 in prize money once he wraps up his stay.

http://www.msichicago.com/matm/

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