Many Singaporeans made use of their long weekend to go visit the late Lee Kuan Yew’s memorial exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore yesterday.
More than 5,500 people turned up at the NMS to view the “In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew” exhibition. The queues were up to at least four hours’ yesterday. Some were left stranded when the queues were cut off at 4pm, 4 hours ahead of the NMS’ closing hours because of the overwhelming demand..
The exhibition, which showcases Mr Lee’s personal items, has drawn a steady stream of visitors since it opened on March 25, but saw a huge surge yesterday, largely because of the Good Friday holiday.
Many Singaporeans in queue said they wanted to see the red box that LKY used to store official documents and his ongoing work. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who once served as LKY’s principal private secretary, wrote about the box last week in a Facebook post.
Mr Eric Ng, 58, who arrived just before the queue was closed yesterday, said: “I just want to look at the actual thing. This is supposed to be the fortune of the nation — all inside there.”
He had also queued for four hours to pay his respects to the late LKY at Parliament House.
Yesterday afternoon, NMS staff were mobilised to comb through the queues and give priority access to the elderly, handicapped, visitors with infants and pregnant visitors.
NMS has issued a statement saying that long queues over the weekends are expected and reminded visitors that there is still plenty of time to visit the exhibition, which will end on 26th April.