Month at the Museum Offers Another Opportunity for Live-Ins

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    Phil Rogers goes in the museum after hours with MSI contest winner Kate McGroarty. (Published Friday, Nov. 12, 2010)

    The Museum of Science and Industry's first Month at the Museum program was such a success for last fall, that the organizers are offering the public another chance to live inside the 14-acre attraction for a month.

    The selected applicant not only gets to live in the museum for a month, but also wins $10,000 at the end of the program. While residing in the museum, the winner also gets to share their experiences with the public through a live blog and social media.

    "Month at the Museum" Winner Revealed

    [CHI] "Month at the Museum" Winner Revealed
    An exploding chemistry experiment was the method of choice to reveal the Museum of Science and Industry's new roommate, Kate McGroarty. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010)

    Last year's winner was Kate McGroarty, 24, of Chicago, who was selected from a pool of over 1,500 worldwide applicants and 20,000 online votes.

    Applicants are asked to submit a 60 second video describing their month in the museum if selected, and a 500 word essay of their qualifications.

    The museum has also promoted its Twitter and Facebook accounts as a way to communicate suggestions and ideas for this year's Month at the Museum.

    "One of the great things about Month at the Museum last year was the interaction between the winner and the public," said Rob Gallas, vice president and chief marketing officer for the museum. "This time around, we are getting the public involved early by asking our fans for their ideas and suggestions."

    Applications for this year's Month at the Museum are due July 22. For more information, log on to