More than 1,500 apply to live in Chicago museum

Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago's Jackson Park. Photo by urbanrules, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago’s Jackson Park. Photo by urbanrules, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

CHICAGO (AP) – More than 1,500 people have applied to spend a month at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

The winner of the promotion will live at the museum – roaming freely and sleeping in exhibits like the U-505 submarine or the coal mine.

Museum officials say they’ve gotten applications from all 50 states and from as far away as Antarctica and Australia. The applicants range from 18 to 80 years old.

The museum plans to pick the semi-finalists this week. The list will eventually be narrowed down to three, and the public will vote in September.

The winner gets to live at the museum from Oct. 20 to Nov. 18, as well as $10,000.

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Online: http://msichicago.org/

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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