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Long queue for Lee Kuan Yew exhibition

The National Museum of Singapore closed the queue for an exhibition on Mr Lee Kuan Yew hours before closing time yesterday because of the huge turnout.

The exhibition, which will run till April 26, is open from 10am to 8pm daily, but just after 5pm, the museum sent out a tweet saying admission to it had been closed.

At 4pm, the waiting time was four hours. The estimated number of visitors at 6pm was about 5,500, The Straits Times reported.

"A lot of people in the queue thought that admission would be free only during the exhibition In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew," it quoted a museum spokesman as saying.

"But the Museum is always free for permanent residents and Singaporeans."

The items on display include a red box that Mr Lee kept his working documents in, a barrister's wig he wore and a Rolex watch that the Singapore Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers gave him after he successfully represented it in a wage dispute. They will go on display again later in the year.

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