Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry Wants to Let Someone Live There for a Month
by Jamie Frevele | 3:14 pm, June 27th, 2011
Last fall, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois invited a woman named Kate McGroarty to be their “roommate” for about a month. For 30 days, the museum was her home. While she did not have to spend countless hours with talking statues or resurrected animals, she got to spend all her time discovering every little crevice of the museum and completely immerse herself in science. It was such a fun experience for everyone involved, and now, someone else will get the same opportunity. And that someone could be you! Come on, you’ve always wanted to experience a real-life version of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
During her time at the museum, McGroarty tracked her progress online, took part in scientific demonstrations, and hobnobbed with museum guests. And now, it’s someone else’s turn, and it also carries a $10,000 prize!
From the museum’s site:
Month at the Museum™ 2 will choose one person to take on this assignment: spend a month at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) to live and breathe science 24/7 for 30 days. From Oct. 19 to Nov. 17, 2011, this person’s mission will be to experience all the fun and education that fits in this historic 14-acre building, living here and reporting your experience to the outside world. There will be plenty of time to explore the Museum and its exhibits after hours, with access to rarely seen nooks and crannies of this 77-year-old institution.
The application involves a 60-second video, a 500-word essay, and semi-finalists will be flown to Chicago for an interview. They also want people who can write and “take pictures without thumbs” in the shot. And also: the winner will be pretty much secluded within the museum for the entire time with little to no contact with the outside world aside from the blogs that will be written about the experience itself. S’aright? S’aright.
This is like the next best thing to going back you your childhood and giving camp another go. Except you’ll have 100 American dollars in your pocket and the freedom of being a Grown-Up. And is escaping from society — and Facebook — for a month really a bad thing?
The deadline is July 22, so if this is something you want to subject yourselves to, the time to put your ultimate self-marketing package together is now! Apply here! Do it now!