The family of late Minnesota musical icon Prince, and Estate special administrator Bremer Trust, announced today that Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will open for daily public tours starting October 6, 2016. According to the family, opening Paisley Park for public tours was Prince’s long-term vision for the property.
“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” stated Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister 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.”
Prince fans worldwide will have the unprecedented opportunity to tour the legendary, 65,000- square-foot complex, which served as the production studio and creative base for one of the greatest and most beloved music artists of all time.
An application for development review and a business plan were submitted to the City of Chanhassen. The plan calls for tapping the operational expertise of an experienced property management team, which will also provide initial funding for capital improvements. The Estate will maintain ownership of the property. “The Estate is working with the family to form an advisory council who will provide valuable input on the entire experience,” said Bremer Trust President Craig Ordal.
As outlined in the plan, guided tours will take visitors throughout the extensive main floor of Paisley Park, including the recording and mixing studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits. Tours will also include Prince’s video editing suites, rehearsal rooms, private NPG Music Club, and a massive sound stage and concert hall where he rehearsed for tours and held exclusive private events and concerts.
Also featured will be thousands of artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings, concert memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles. This will be an unprecedented and extraordinary opportunity for fans to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex, which is also considered one of the greatest landmarks in the entertainment industry.
“The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it,” according to the official statement by Prince’s siblings. “Most important, the museum will display Prince’s genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community.”
In addition to the opening of the Paisley Park museum, Prince will be remembered and memorialized with an official family tribute concert on October 13, 2016 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Additional details and information on concert ticket sales will be released soon, according to organizers.
Prince was born in Minneapolis and made Chanhassen his home. Throughout his life he was actively engaged in his community and quietly supported local schools and nonprofits. Paisley Park is located at 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minnesota, approximately 30 minutes from Minneapolis.
Museum tickets will go on sale on August 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. CT for tours starting October 6, 2016. Visit OfficialPaisleyPark.com for ticket information and future Paisley Park updates.
— Information provided by Bremer Trust