Tickets on sale today for tours of Prince’s Paisley Park
Fans of the Purple One may soon get the chance to go behind the gates of the legendary performer’s historic home. Prince’s estate announced this week plans to transform Paisley Park — the private studio complex and home of the pop icon — into a museum open to the general public beginning in early October.
The fate of the iconic Chanhassen, Minnesota compound had been unknown since Prince’s untimely death there on April 21. The famously private singer left no will and no plans for his estate in the event of his death. The compound also contain a vault of unreleased recordings made at different times in Prince’s life.
“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson said.
Only a few hundred people have ever been inside Paisley Park, Nelson said, but now fans from around the globe will be able to step into the world of Prince Rogers Nelson.
Built in 1987 for $10 million, the carefully planned 65,000-square-foot complex sprawls over 9 acres, about 30 minutes southwest of Minnepolis. A proposal submitted to the city of Chanhassen says the 70-minute tours will include “recording and mixing studios, video editing rooms, rehearsal rooms, Prince’s private NPG Music Club, and the soundstage and performance hall,” as well as displays of his belongings and memorabilia, including clothes, awards, artwork, his tour bus and motorcycles.
The proposal is set to be reviewed by Chanhassen’s planning commission on Sept. 20, with a final vote scheduled for Oct. 3, three days before the museum’s tentative opening. The company managing Graceland has entered into an agreement with Bremer Trust, which is handling Prince’s contested estate, to oversee the Paisley Park museum.
Although not officially approved, it’s unlikely the commission would reject the proposal, especially given the economic impact the museum will have in Chanhassen.
Tickets are set to go on sale today at 3 p.m. EST at www.officialpaisleypark.com. Standard tickets are tentatively priced at $38.50, while VIP tickets will be $100. Thus far, all that’s known is that VIP tickets will be smaller groups than the planned 25 to 30 for regular tours.