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Month at the Museum

August 11, 2010

This is great! Chicago’s amazing Museum of Science and Industry is holding a contest to find someone to live in their museum—for someone to eat, sleep, and breathe nothing but science and industry for thirty days. Seriously! From their website:

We’re looking for someone to take on a once-in-a-lifetime assignment: spend a Month at the Museum, to live and breathe science 24/7 for 30 days. From October 20 to November 18, 2010, 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.

Further requirements: “sleeping in confined or ‘untraditional’ spaces” (ooh, do we get to sleep on the U-505 submarine? the lunar lander?) To apply, you have to fill out a detailed questionnaire, write a 500-word essay about why you want to do this, and most fun of all, make a 1-minute video explaining why you should be chosen. My video is above.

Thanks to MaryWinn Heider and Chris Norborg for camera work, Thomas James of the Oriental Institute, Paul Bryan of the Smart Museum of Art, my wife’s father (for playing my own father), and of course my wife Heather and daughter Lucy for their star turn. (I used music from The Go! Team.) It was fun!

Hey, wait—the applications are due today! I’m off to hand-deliver it to the Museum of Science and Industry right now. Wish me luck!