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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Visit to National Museum for Lee Kuan Yew Exhibition

93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Tel: 6332 3659

Around the same period that the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew lay instate at The Parliament House (information here) for us to pay our last respects, there is also the "In Memoriam: Mr Lee Kuan Yew" exhibition going on at the National Museum, showcasing some of his personal / business effects.

It is located at Glass Atrium, Level 2 of the National Museum.
The exhibition has been extended for a month, so it runs from 23 March 2015 to 24 May 2015 now.
Sundays to Thursdays:  10.00am to 8.00pm
Fridays and Saturdays:  10.00am to 10.00pm

The queue was terrible at first, I heard accounts of people having to queue for hours just to go in. Due to the National Museum's closing hours, some of them had to be asked to come back another day.  Finally, after waiting it out for a while, and visiting on a weekday morning, there was no queue.

Disappointingly, there were only about 8 actual exhibitions on display (now should be 9, adding on the "Battleship is Steam Boat"  telegram).

Yes, this is the famous Red Box, well-maintained and in excellent, nearly pristine condition. This is also his trademark briefcase, where he kept all his work documents.

Here is his timepiece, a well-worn Rolex watch on display as well.

The preserved leaflet for the Legislative Assembly General Election 1959 and leaflet for the Legislative By-Assembly at Tanjong Pagar 1957.

Then there was the Podium - it was always a familar sight to see him standing on one, sharing his views with the nation.

The Barrister Wig he used to wear when he was still a lawyer.

This was one of the newer additions - the cards, flowers and other handmade tribute items collected from The Parliament House and the various remote tribute sites.

Finally, lots of photographs that chronicles the life and political career of Sir Lee.  The entire visit took merely 45 minutes for me. There are also some of his books on sale.

Admission is free; so do drop by if you are in the vicinity, and are keen to check this exhibition out.

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