Six months after his untimely death, the world continues to mourn for Prince. They say time heals all wounds and maybe the timing is right with the news that Paisley Park will open to the public for tours and eventually evolve into a complete museum. Paisley Park was a place of myth and magic, shrouded in purple and coveted by the very few who were able to attend parties and performances.
The 65,000-square foot estate, in the city of Chanhassen, a suburb about 20 miles outside of Minneapolis, comprises of living spaces, offices, a performance space and two recording studios. The trust company, Core Media Group (who own and operate Elvis’ Graceland), will be managing Paisley Park for the next four years, with tours to begin on October 6. The company is currently applying for permits to use the estate as a museum and also to operate the recording studio and venue space for future entertainers.
Speaking with the Star Tribune, Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister made this comment:
Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on. Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince’s world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place.
The 70-minute tour will give fans the opportunity to experience Prince’s daily life, seeing where he recorded, rehearsed for tours and hosted private concerts. There will be variety of artifacts that he had already been collecting with the intent of a future opening of Paisley Park including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings, concert memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycle.
Although the idea of being surrounded by one man’s passion, love and identity in his beloved home seem enticing, there is also a sense of bitter sweetness knowing that our dear Prince will never strut through those doors again.
Tickets for tours go on sale August 26.