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"The exhibits are like theatrical stage sets, with the animals as actors," says Rogier van der Heide, lighting designer for Naturalis, the new National Museum for Natural History, which opened in April in Leiden, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This 150,000-sq.-ft. (13,500 sq. m) building, which has 60,000 sq. ft. (5,400 sq. m) of exhibit space, contains a world-famous collection exhibited in a themed rather than chronological manner--a modern approach to natural history. With seven exhibi

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