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Fantasy and furniture in new Back Bay store

Arriving on the top floor of “The Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History” is a bit like stepping into a fairy tale: There’s a 24-foot illuminated steel Eiffel Tower replica discovered at a Paris flea market, an iridescent gold-coffered ceiling, reproductions of heritage olive trees, and sparkling chandeliers.

And even though this is a furniture gallery created by Restoration Hardware (now branded simply as RH), most of the items mentioned above are not for sale. They are part of a dramatic two-year transformation of the historic landmark at 234 Berkeley St. that is intended to bring a new type of retail experience to the Back Bay when the store opens Thursday.

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