Lee Kuan Yew exhibition extended: Queuing continues at National Museum
The National Museum of Singapore will extend its exhibition, In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said yesterday that he had asked the museum to extend the period and visiting hours of the memorial exhibition dedicated to Singapore's founding prime minister.
The exhibition, originally set to run till April 26, drew long queues on Friday, with thousands of people waiting more than three hours on average.
Though the exhibit runs from 10am to 8pm daily, museum staff closed the queue at 4pm on Friday as it was estimated that it would take four hours to clear those already waiting.
There was a queue yesterday too, but the estimated waiting time had dropped to an hour by the afternoon, The Straits Times reported on its website.
More than 23,000 people have visited the exhibition so far.
Mr Wong also assured Singaporeans that the National Museum will have something permanent "to tell the story of Mr Lee and our founding fathers".
"In fact, all the artefacts you see in the current exhibition will be retained and curated in the soon-to-be revamped Permanent Galleries of the Museum. This will be opened later this year around Aug/Sept," he said in a Facebook post.
The exhibition includes personal items used by Mr Lee such as a barrister's wig and a Rolex watch that the Singapore Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers gave him after he successfully represented it in arbitration proceedings over a wage dispute.
The red box in which Mr Lee kept his working documents was added to the display a couple of days ago.
Mr Wong did not give a new closing date for the exhibition but said the museum would make an announcement.