The Oakland Museum of California's New Gallery of California Natural Sciences Is Awesome 

Forget taxidermy. The new 25,000-square-foot exhibit is a fresh take on California's wealth of biodiversity.

Even for lovers of nature and history, natural history museums can sometimes stifle the magic. Meticulously arranged plaster-and-taxidermy-filled dioramas, however artistic, can fall flat compared to their real-life counterparts, and the whole endeavor can come across as static. This is, after all,…

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