In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew – exhibition

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / gallery overview

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew traces the life story of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Held at the National Museum of Singapore, the exhibition pays tribute to Mr Lee’s life-long dedication and contributions to Singapore.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / stairway

The National Museum of Singapore is undergoing a revamp and only two exhibitions are held at its galleries at time of writing. The other exhibition – SINGAPURA: 700 YEARS – will be featured in another entry. In Memoriam is held at the Glass Pavilion at the back of the Museum complex.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / hero banner 2

A memorial to Mr Lee’s contributions to Singapore, the exhibition chronicles Mr Lee journey – from his years of reading Law in Cambridge to being Asia’s eminent statesman.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / the formative years

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / the formative years 2

Defining moments from Mr Lee’s political career – such as his gripping speeches and Singapore’s nation-building milestones – are highlighted through panels filled with photographs and videos. Also, many personal artifacts are displayed for the first time.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / barrister wig

Barrister Wig – handmade by Ravenscroft in London.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / Rolex Oyster

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch – given to Mr Lee by the unionists he represented over a wage dispute in the 1950s.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / Glass plate

A glass master plate used for printing leaflets in the 1955 General Election.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / legislative assembly

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / leaflet for by-election

Leaflets used during Mr Lee’s early political career.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / the battle for merger

The Battle for Merger – a series of radio talks delivered in 1961.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / the rostrum

The rosewood rostrum used to deliver National Day Rally speeches in the 1970s.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / tribute wall

Visitors may also write in the books of condolences, and leave tribute gifts and flowers at the exhibition.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / writing tributes 2

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / writing tributes

I’ve decided not to join the hours-long queue at the Padang, despite it being my very last chance to pay respects to Singapore’s Founding Father at the Parliament House. While my experience in the museum can’t quite compare with The Great Singapore Queue, it served as a salient reminder of the man’s conviction and foresight. I would recommend dropping by the National Museum for an opportunity to reflect on his contributions that have built the Singapore we see today.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew - exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore / tribute memento

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew is held at the National Museum of Singapore’s Glass Pavilion from now till 26 April 2015. Admission is free. Visitors may need to wait in line for 15-30 minutes as the museum exercises crowd management at the venue.


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