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Kevin Byrne Wins Month at the Museum Chicago Contest

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Kevin Byrne, the winner of the Month at the Museum contest, will get to play with this while he's living at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry for a month. Image via Wikipedia

For the second time, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago offered one person the chance to live in their museum for a month, cataloging their day and sharing news and insights from the museum:

Month at the MuseumTM 2’s 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. (more via Museum of Science and Industry | Month at the Museum | The Details).

The winner, Kevin Byrne, is a 33-year-old who works as a marketing analyst at a digital agency and holds a degree in biology.

He will leave his Uptown home Oct. 19 and stay at the museum until Nov. 17. The public will be able to follow his adventure at

“I’m excited about pouring myself into science 100 percent, 24/7 living and breathing science, he said. “I think it’s rare an adult gets to really dedicate themselves to something they find so fascinating.” (more via The Chicago Tribune).

The announcement was made last week with jack-o-lanterns representing the six finalists. The one with Kevin’s name on it was filled with hydrogen, so when they lit his pumpkin it exploded. Pretty dramatic announcement!

If you could live in any museum, zoo, or other informal learning space in the United States, where would you want to live for a month and why?