MSI Accepting Applications For Second ‘Month At The Museum’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Remember Kate McGroarty, the woman who got to make the Museum of Science and Industry her home and had full reign of the museum for a month last year?

Well, now you have your chance. The MSI is now accepting applications again for its second “Month at the Museum” contest.

From Oct. 19 until Nov. 17, the winner will call the 14-acre museum home.

Last month, MSI spokesman Rob Gallas said the maiden voyage of “Month at the Museum” was such a success, they decided to offer the 30-day live in experience a second time.

“The reaction to Month at the Museum exceeded our wildest expectations,” Gallas said last month. “Since Kate McGroarty moved out last November, we have been inundated with requests to give another person the opportunity to live here for 30 days, and it was so much fun, we just had to do it again. This year’s Month at the Museum winner will be immersed in science like never before with all new adventures and surprises.”

The winner will spend his or her days attending learning labs, teacher workshops and live demonstrations.

McGroarty, a teacher and Northwestern University theatre program alum from Andersonville, kept a blog of her experiences in the “Month at the Museum” project last year.

She did everything from dissecting the eyeball of a cow to attending a fancy fundraising ball in the same day. And she even got to bring in a batch of fertilized eggs that later hatched in the Baby Chick Hatchery.

“There is not a SINGLE day that goes by here for me that feels ‘normal’ or ‘routine,'” she wrote in the blog last fall. “Every single day I get to go to new workshops, meet new people, learn new things, see new parts of the building, laugh at hilarious things people say, observe visitors, try new things… I could go on and on, but you get the idea.”

McGroarty was the winner among 1,500 applicants last year. Gallas expects the interest this year to double or even triple.

For details and the application form, click here.

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