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'Month at the Museum' draws to a close

Chicago -- A Chicago woman is spending her final night at the city's Museum of Science and Industry as the winner of the "Month at the Museum" contest.

Kate McGroarty, who was picked as the winner from 1,500 applicants, moved into the museum Oct. 20 and will complete her experience Thursday after a month of museum experiences shared with the public on her Facebook, Twitter and blog.

"These 30 days have been a whirlwind of 'firsts' for me, and it's been such a great experience," McGroarty said. "It's hard to believe that this adventure is coming to a close, but I have definitely discovered my inner science geek during these 30 days and met some incredible people. I know I will think about science in a different way from now on, and I have created memories that I will never forget."

McGroarty's time at the museum included a breakfast with Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell, watching an open heart surgery, and interacting with teachers and students visiting the museum's various exhibits.

"As Kate leaves MSI, she leaves with the $10,000 prize as part of the competition, but she also gets something pretty amazing and intangible -- 30 days of unique experiences, and a newfound sense of wonder about science," said Rob Gallas, vice president and chief marketing officer of the museum.

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