Yesterday was the closing day for submissions to the Month at the Museum contest for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The Museos Unite team found out about the contest right when it was announced on July 15th via the magic of Twitter (great example of well utilized social media)!
A bit of background on the contest, in case you are not familiar. Entrants were to submit a 60-second video, a 500-word essay, a headshot, and an entrance packet to the museum. The prize is to live at the museum for 30 days with minimal contact with the outside world, exploring the museum and interacting with guests throughout.
As far as we know, no museum in the world has hosted a program like this one, although a few days ago we wrote about how people used to live at the National Museum of Natural History. I am sure Museos used to live at museums all the time in the old days. As it is the FIRST EXPERIMENT OF ITS KIND (!!!) we have to applaud MSI heartily. Hooray for thinking outside the box! Hooray for inviting a stranger to view the inner workings of the museum! Hooray for capturing the imaginations of people throughout the world!
Yesterday the museum announced via its Facebook and Twitter pages that there have been over 1,000 applications thus far. What a great response! When was the last time that a museum got that kind of attention for something that wasn’t a sponsored blockbuster exhibit? (Really, if you know, please put it in the comments! We’d love to be able to draw some comparisons).
Oh, and in case you were wondering, this Museo (Kat) totally applied! I figured it would be a great opportunity to see firsthand just how groundbreaking projects can change the industry. It also would give me an opportunity to use all of this great museum knowledge I have racked up over the years, right?
We cannot wait to see what changes that Month at the Museum inspires across the museum industry. Will there be spinoff projects at other institutions? Will it create a Museo-lebrity that kids will be lining up to get autographs from? Will it make even more people rush to get Museum Studies degrees? Stay tuned to find out…
So, some questions for our readers: Did any of you put in applications? What possible changes do you think could come from this project? What do you think of the attention MSI has garnered for Month at the Museum? Any other comments?