SINGAPORE: Thousands of Singaporeans flocked to the National Museum of Singapore on Friday (Apr 3) to visit its "In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew Exhibition".
Items on display include Mr Lee's red box, used as his briefcase, and other personal belongings. They will be on display again when the museum's permanent galleries reopen in September 2015.
Though the exhibition opens from 10am to 8pm daily, visitor numbers forced the museum to stop accepting visitors four hours earlier, at 4pm. As of 6pm, more than 5,500 people had visited the exhibition.
Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong, who headed to the museum to thank visitors, said the overwhelming response came as a surprise, though Mr Lee's red box could have been a reason.
The museum says it will try to make sure everyone can see the exhibits, but warns that visitors can expect long queues, especially on weekends. More than 22,800 people have visited the memorial exhibition since it opened to the public on Mar 25.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote that he "was happy to hear" many people visited the exhibition at the National Museum.
"Some of my father’s other personal items are there too," he wrote on his Facebook page. "His barrister’s wig (of horsehair) from when he was admitted to the Bar. And a Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch given to him by the Singapore Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers after he represented them in the famous postmen’s strike in 1952."