Challenge your brain, stop a virus, plan a plate or just chill out – it’s all part of your MeLaβ experience.

Every day we all make choices that affect our health and wellbeing. In real life, each choice counts, but in MeLaβ, located in the Baptist Health Galleries on two levels in the museum’s West Wing, you become the experiment, as you run simulations, solve puzzles and test your senses, reflexes and stress responses to find out what works best for you.

Your partner in MeLaβ is βeta, a digital character you build as you answer questions in each zone. The more questions you answer, the more you can customize your βeta, and the more you learn about yourself.

As you travel through the two MeLaβ spaces, you hit five interactive zones (Eat, Move, Relax, Connect and Learn), each offering explorations that reveal the connection between your body and brain. Fill up a virtual plate with your favorite foods to find out how to balance calories in with calories out; take timed brain teaser challenges to see how you respond under pressure, or sink into a relax pod to learn which music helps you unwind.

A highlight of MeLaB is a thought-provoking Artificial Intelligence (AI) installation by UK artist Thomas Webb that was unveiled at SCOPE Miami Beach in 2019. One of the largest versions of his sculptural invention, the ‘digital infinity mirror’ provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the choices that affect our mental health and wellness. The piece is titled “I Like It When I See You In Person Because You Can’t Lie To Me Like You Do On The Internet” and focuses on our collective emotive responses.

Did You Know?

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Museum Map

MeLaβ is located in the Baptist Health Galleries on levels two and three of the museum’s West Wing.

This exhibition is supported by Baptist Health.

Our Generous Donor

Frost Science would like to thank the donors, organizations, advisors and developers who have supported the realization of MeLaβ.

Major funding for MeLaβ was provided by: Baptist Health South Florida.

Baptist Health South Florida Content Advisors: Dr. William Arguelles, Jessie Berrin, Dr. John Braden, Rooney Brodie, Yvonne Brooks, Danay Busquet, Natalie Castro, Judith Delgado, Carla Duenas, Lisette Egues, Danny Elfenbein, Ana C. Fernandez, David Friedman, Cristie Garcia, Marie Garcia, Dr. Susan Golembeski, Christina Gomez-Pina, Dr. Anthony M. Gonzalez, Dr. Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, Georgina Gonzalez-Robiou, Henry Guzman, Peg Hariston, Christine High, Dr. Catalina Jacobs-Fernandez, Dr. Barry Katzen, Christine Kotler, Emilio Marrero, Christine Mendez, Stacy L. Morris, John Mouw, Maria O. Noguera, Mike Novo, Dr. Don Paris, Nelson Pena, Dr. Ronald Rosenthal, Maribeth Rouseff, Janette Sanchez, Joann Santiago-Charles, Dr. David Seiden, Dr. Amy Starosciak, Lucette Talamas, Marsha Tejeda, Dr. John E. Zvijac

Science Advisors: Dr. Sally Duensing, Independent Consultant; Dr. Wendy Berry Mendes, University of California; Dr. John Cacioppo, University of Chicago; Dr. Angela Laird, Florida International University; Dr. Sara Lazar, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital; Dr. Michael McCullough, University of Miami; Dr. Milicca Mormann, University of Miami; Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Reporter; Dr. Elena Nuciforo, University of Massachusetts; and Dr. Brian Wansink, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.

Development Team: Ms. Jennifer Santer, Frost Science; Ms. Daniella Orihuela, Frost Science; Dr. Angela Colbert, Frost Science; Ms. Lindsay Bartholomew, Frost Science; Ms. Alexandra Kuechenberg, Frost Science; Mr. James Herring, Frost Science.

Designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates / Media Development by Potion Design Studio / Fabricated by Three Dimensional Services, Inc. / Brain Sculpture by Felice Grodin