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Wednesday
Oct192011

month at the museum2: begins today

What: Month at the Museum2
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 19-November 17, 2011

This morning, the Museum of Science and Industry’s second roommate, Chicagoan Kevin Byrne, begins a historical thirty days as a live-in visitor.

A 3-sided, 16x16’ glass cube just inside the main entrance will remind everyone that Kevin’s there—we mean in the museum 24/7—doing research, collecting his thoughts, writing and blogging about living in this home to more than 35,000 artifacts and one of the largest science museums in the world—not to mention an architectural gem.

Built in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, ‘The Palace of Fine Arts’ is the only surviving permanent structure from the fair. Designed to follow principles of the Beaux Arts movement highlighting symmetry and splendor, it officially opened as a museum in 1933.

In preparation for his stay, the out-in-the-open cube and behind-the-scenes living quarters were furnished with CB2 beds, desks, chairs and accessories—not to mention storage for Kevin’s 30 custom MATM t-shirts, one for every day of his stay so you can’t miss him.

To follow Kevin’s adventures, like his facebook page or register to receive his tweets via twitter.

Wednesday
Jun222011

month at the museum, 2011

What: Month at the Museum 2
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 19 - November 17, 2011
Deadline for Applications: July 22, 2011

Following the success of the original Month at the Museum—a groundbreaking experiment—in fall 2010, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is once again searching nationwide for a new roommate to spend 30 days 24-7 this fall in the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.

From October 19 thru November 17, 2011, the winner will have access to every inch of the 14-acre Museum and the opportunity to experience everything it has to offer. During that time they’ll be soaking up science and interacting with MSI guests and online fans—and at the end of it all, they’ll take home a $10,000 prize and bragging rights for a lifetime.

The 2010 experiment caught the imagination of more than 1,500 applicants, and more than 20,000 online votes were received to help select a winner. After interviews and votes were tallied, on October 6, 2010, via a science experiment, 24-year-old Chicagoan Kate McGroarty was chosen.

Kate experienced hundreds of the exhibits, explored nooks and crannies, and spent a night in a WWII submarine. Whatever she experimented, dissected, unearthed, discovered—she shared with Museum guests and online via a video diary.

MSI offers thousands of fun and interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind, world-class experiences to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education, it also aspires to a larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering.

While the basic premise of the month-long experiment is the same, some additional experiences should be expected by this year’s roommate as fans are being asked on Facebook and Twitter: What would they like to see the winner do while living at the Museum?

Wednesday
Oct202010

month at the museum: begins today

What: Month at the Museum
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 20-November 18, 2010  

Today the Museum of Science and Industry’s new roommate, Chicagoan Kate McGroarty, begins a historical thirty days as their first live-in visitor. A 3-sided, 16x16’ glass cube just outside the main rotunda will remind daily visitors that Kate’s there 24/7—but she’ll also be out and about doing some research, collecting her thoughts, writing and blogging about living in this home to more than 35,000 artifacts and one of the largest science museums in the world—not to mention an architectural gem.

Built in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, ‘The Palace of Fine Arts’ is the only surviving permanent structure from the fair. Designed to follow principles of the Beaux Arts movement highlighting symmetry and splendor, it officially opened as a museum in 1933.

In preparation for her stay, the out-in-the-open cube and behind-the-scenes living quarters were designed and set-up by another Kate, our Lincoln Park designer. Her job was to translate a briefing by selecting pieces to meet Kate’s needs. Architectural details provided a spectacular backdrop, but modern furniture and bold colors that add energy and excitement are all key to this very modern exhibit.

What pieces were chosen and why?
Our hope is that the cielo sectional will help Kate feel comfortable in her temporary home—she can cozy up in the corner or sprawl out on the chaise to write or watch TV on her laptop. To compliment it, the slot coffee table offers some privacy with its hidden compartment while she’s in the open, on display. In addition, the fold desk is durable and hints of an industrial lab for any science experiments she takes on—and while the glass cube allows visitors to see Kate from just about any angle, the positioning of the furniture allows them to observe without feeling intrusive.

Tucked inside the sprawling 14-acre museum, her living quarters are a prime example of small-space urban living—which also had to be modern, functional, and just as fun as the exhibits outside.

Painted a cool grey and with the architecture as a key element, brilliant white multi-functional furniture pieces set a bold stage and are great for small spaces. An odyssey dining table doubles for dining or work, and with city slicker as a side table, ottoman, or extra seating in a pinch—it’s lightweight so Kate can move it around as needed. Alpine was chosen for its space-saving headboard/nightstand and a theo duvet keeps the overall color palette strong and ties in with the Museum’s contest graphics. A parlour sofa is the focal point in lemongrass and a shop chest adds another pop of color to the room—not to mention ample storage for Kate’s 30 t-shirts, one for every day of her stay so you can’t miss her. Go to these links to follow her on twitter or facebook.

Thanks to kate, store designer lincoln park, for contributing to this submission.

Wednesday
Oct062010

month at the museum winner

What: Month at the Museum
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 20-November 18, 2010  

Earlier today, The Museum of Science + Industry Chicago announced the first Month at the Museum Winner who will have plenty of time to explore the Museum’s 35,000 artifacts privately, and talk about living with them 24/7.

With an enthusiastic crowd watching, the five finalists took part in a science demonstration that dilvulged the winner with orange bubbles exploding from a beaker glass.

Congratulations to Chicagoan Kate McGroarty who will begin her adventure October 20th—not to mention over 1600 contest entrants including fellow finalists Alexandra Dainis, Felix Jung, Krispijn Larrison, and Johnathan Wilson.

Tuesday
Jul272010

month at the museum

What: Month at the Museum
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 20-November 18, 2010

photo by: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science + Industry Chicago is looking for someone to take on the once-in-a-lifetime assignment of spending a Month at the Museum—720 hours—plenty of time to explore the Museum’s 35,000 artifacts privately, and talk about living with them 24/7.

The only building remaining from the White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition—which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christoper Columbus’s arrival in the “new world”—the 14-acre building is the largest in the Americas that’s dedicated to science. Opened in 1933 as part of the Century of Progress World’s Fair, today the Museum features 400,000 square feet of exhibit space and has hosted over 175 million guests over 75 years—but none like this.

Imagine experiencing all that lives and breathes within this Chicago landmark, living in spaces decorated with CB2 furniture and accessories, and sharing your experiences with the outside world via blogging and personal interviews. Check out the specifics here and get your entry ready for review soon—the deadline to qualify is August 11th!

photo by: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry