Museum of Science and Industry Relaunches ‘Month at the Museum’ Contest

Just last week, we were at a show where there were three contestants on stage. We kept looking at one of them, wondering just how we knew her. From some other comedy show? A designer at some firm who had stopped by this writer’s office sometime? Only last night did we realize, “Oh yeah, she was the woman who won the Museum of Science and Industry‘s ‘Month at the Museum‘ contest last year.” We’re embarrassed to admit that, given that both the Chicago museum and Kate McGroarty (that’s her name) received international attention for the project, wherein she spent a month living and working in the MSI. And given all of that attention, we knew it was just a matter of time before the museum relaunched it, for another taste of a very media-friendly project. Sure enough, like some sort of cosmic kismet, just this week they’ve announced ‘Month at the Museum 2: Science Never Sleeps.” If you enjoyed last year’s run, or want to give it another go, you’ll find some details below:

Even before Kate moved out last November, people asked if we’d do it again. After the experience with Kate, the answer is…absolutely. One person couldn’t possibly do it all, and some new elements will make the month even more of an adventure.

MSI once again is seeking someone to take on this amazing assignment: spend a Month at the MuseumTM 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 full-time and reporting his or her findings to the outside world.

Sure, it’s a commitment. But if you are chosen and then successfully complete Month at the Museum 2, you’ll walk away with a prize of $10,000, a package of tech gadgets, and new knowledge and experiences that may just transform you.