After a few months of nervousness, Prince fans can now breath easy, as The Purple One’s famed Paisley Park studio and mansion complex will officially open as a museum this Fall. Following the singer’s tragic death in April, the fate of Paisley Park loomed large over Prince’s family, the trust that is handling his estate, and his many fans. Now, and fans can rest assured that the Chanhassen, Minnesota facility will be preserved, and on October 6th, the 65,000-square-foot complex will be available for public viewing.
Paisley Park is filled with performance spaces, recording studios, and thousands of pieces of Prince memorabilia from throughout his career. Earlier this year, former band mate (and fiancée) Sheila E. stated that Prince had begun “gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle [at Paisley Park]. There’s pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never [seen]. There’s a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have ever played with him… It’s beautiful.”
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, released a statement through Bremer Bank (the bank in charge of Prince’s estate), about the exciting update:
“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.”
We can’t wait to go to Minnesota and tour Paisley Park!
(H/T to Consequence of Sound)