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SAITAMA (Kyodo) The John Lennon Museum in the city of Saitama closed Thursday after 10 years of operation.

The world’s first museum dedicated to the former Beatles member had operated since Oct. 9, 2000, the 60th anniversary of Lennon’s birth. It drew around 615,000 visitors.

The museum displayed around 130 items, including guitars, glasses and handwritten lyrics with the consent of Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.

“I came here to see the last moment of the museum. I hope a facility like this will operate again for the sake of fans all over the world,” said Keiko Nakayama, 39, an office worker from Ageo in Saitama Prefecture.

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