Prince's Paisley Park Estate to Open as a Museum

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Paisley Park, Prince’s historic private estate and music complex, will open as a museum this fall, The New York Times reports. The Park, located in Chanhassen, Minn., will begin public tours on Oct. 6.

“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” said Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson in a 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.”

The museum will feature items from Prince’s personal archives. Everything from instruments, cars and motorcycles to rare music will be on display. Guided tours will also be offered through the 65,000 square-foot complex. These tours will take guests through the main floor, rehearsal spaces and recording studios that Prince used for more than thirty years until his untimely death from an accidental drug overdose on April 21 at the age of 57.

Prince’s family has entered an agreement with a subsidiary of Graceland Holdings LLC, the company that has been involved in running Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate since 1982. The family is also planning to hold an official tribute concert for Prince on Oct. 13 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The proposal will be considered by the city of Chanhassen at two separate meetings, one of which was specially arranged by Mayor Denny Laufenburger. “I believe that the plans for Paisley Park are in full accordance with Prince’s wishes,” said Laufenburger in a statement. “Much of his vision and design activity for Paisley Park as a museum is already in place. He knew exactly how to showcase his production studio for his fans in preparation for this eventual outcome.”

The menu at Paisley Park will follow Prince’s own diet, and will therefore be vegetarian. According to the proposal, tickets for Paisley Park will be $38.50 for standard admission and $100 or more for VIP tours. Tickets for these tours go on sale this Friday, Aug. 26 on Paisley Park’s website.