Dallas Biblical Museum to Re-open

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas museum that had most of its biblically-themed artwork destroyed in a 2005 fire plans to reopen in September with a new name. And the Museum of Biblical Art will have added galleries for biblical archaeology and Jewish art.

It's also adding a restoration laboratory that will be behind glass windows so visitors can watch curators at work.

Museum Director Scott Peck says he expects that around 100 of the 2,500 works can be restored. He hopes to have more than two-dozen on display when the museum reopens.

At a news conference last week, one of the restored paintings -
"Rebekah at the Well" was displayed. After the fire, it was sooty
and horribly damaged, and the figure of Rebekah couldn't be seen.

Now her white robe is gleaming against the blue sky and desert

Officials say more than $7 million has been raised through insurance, donations and grants for the reconstruction of the museum, left gutted with only some stone exterior walls remaining. To complete the project, officials say an additional $1.2 million is needed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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