Prince’s Paisley Park Will Be A Museum & Open For Public Tours This Fall
For nearly 30 years, Paisley Park served as Prince’s home and the location where he created the vast majority of his music. Built in 1988, the complex located outside of Minneapolis, MN took on mythic proportions akin to estates like Michael Jackson’s Neverland and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. It was the site of countless private concerts and parties, and only accessible to those privileged enough to be invited by Prince before his sudden and tragic passing this year on April 21.
Prior to his death, Prince reportedly had plans to open up Paisley Park to the general public, as a museum and, according to USA Today, his wishes will be honored. “Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” said his sister Tyka Nelson in a press release. “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,” she continued.
The enormous compound, which was the home to Prince’s Paisley Park Records, prior to its closure in 1994, has two rehearsal spaces that also serve as live music venues where Prince frequently held private shows. It also houses the legendary vaults where there are said to be thousands of unreleased Prince recordings. According to USA Today, “guided tours will take visitors throughout the main floor of the 65,000-square-foot mansion, including the studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits.” The article also reports that Prince’s “concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings, automobiles and motorcycles” also will be on display.
“The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it,” said Nelson. “Most important, the museum will display Prince’s genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community.”
Tickets to visit Paisley Park will go on sale on Friday (8/26) at 3pm EST at OfficialPaisleyPark.com.