( 4UMF NEWS ) Prince’s Paisley Park To Open For Public Tours:
Prince’s personal sanctuary is becoming a museum.
The late legend’s Paisley Park compound — where he lived, composed, performed and ultimately died — will open for daily public tours in October, the administrator of his estate said Wednesday.
Prince’s siblings confirmed the news in a statement praising the icon’s fans.
“Since its opening in 1985, Paisley Park has been not only Prince’s home, but the center of Prince’s creative endeavors. We continue to be moved by the endless number of fans from around the world who come to Paisley Park to stand outside and pay their respects to our brother,” siblings Omarr Baker; Alfred and Sharon Jackson; and Norrine, John and Tyka Nelson said.
“The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it,” they said.
“Most important, the museum will display Prince’s genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community. We are excited to open the doors of Paisley Park and share Prince’s magic with all of his fans,” they said.
Bremer Trust, the firm handling Prince’s estate, said tours will be run by Graceland Holdings, the company that manages the touring operation at Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis.
Presley died in Graceland in 1977, and his mansion has welcomed more than 20 million visitors since it opened to the public.
“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, said in the statement. “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.”
Tours of the 65,000-square-foot complex will include the recording and mixing studios where Prince worked as well as the soundstage where he hosted exclusive private concerts. Visitors will have a chance to view thousands of artifacts from his personal archives, including pieces of his wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings, concert memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles.
Tickets will go on sale August 26 for tours starting Oct. 6. The cost will be $38.50 for a tour in a group of about 25 guests that lasts a little more than an hour. Fans hoping to tour the complex must purchase ahead of time at OfficialPaisleyPark.com, officials said.
A planning commission hearing to formally approve the museum is scheduled for Sept. 20.
“Chanhassen will be pleased to demonstrate to the thousands of visitors to Paisley Park the same hospitality and respect that Prince enjoyed during his time in Chanhassen,” Mayor Denny Laufenburger said in a statement.
Prince, 57, left no known will when he died in April in a Paisley Park elevator from an accidental overdose of the pain medication fentanyl.
Local and federal officials searched the compound after his death as part of a criminal investigation. An official close to the probe told the Associated Press on Sunday that some pills recovered at Paisley Park were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the drugs without a prescription.