Eat. Sleep. Science. But Probably No Sex.

Chicago’s Museum of Science + Industry is holding an incredible $10,000 contest for those people who don’t want to have, or expect to have, any sexual prospects for one month during Fall 2010. Sort of.

Basically, they’re inviting people to apply to live inside their museum for an entire month – 24 hours a day/7 days a week (that would be 24/7 in short-speak). It’s a truly one of a kind opportunity. However, social contact with the outside world (e.g., cell phone use, Facebook) is largely prohibited which is kind of a downer.  The lucky isolated person might get to participate by working the Museum floor and will get unprecedented Night at the Museum-ish access to the place. And very cool: this person will get to sleep in confined or “untraditional” spaces except this person always has to sleep alone. That’s right: one of they rules is “Absolutely no visitors overnight or when the Museum is closed to the public.” And since it’s probably not cool to have visitors during the day for sex, either, I’m guessing this  means no sex during the month at the museum.

So the question is not “Would you stay in a museum for an entire month for the chance to win $10,000?” but “Would you stay in a museum for an entire month, knowing you couldn’t have sex with anyone but yourself, for a chance to $10,000?” If the answer is yes, then consider applying. Because except for the no-sex part, it sounds SO COOL.

[Museum of Science & Industry Chicago]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at

  • Julio Cabrera

    This sounds right up your alley, I bet if you applied they would snap you up in a second.

  • mysexprofessor

    The “Eat. Sleep. Science.” part, yes. The whole writing part, double yes. And interacting with the public? Heck, yes! But no overnight visitors? No way. Little access to phone or technology? Only if necessary (how would I keep my job?). It's so tempting though. If only they would give access to technology for, like, an hour or two per day.

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