In a unanimous vote , the Chanhassen City Council voted to re-zone iconic music legend Prince’s Paisley Park as a permanent museum.
Paisley Park served as the musicians home and recording studio The 64,000-foot property, in Chanhassen City sits on the outskirts of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Prince was a home town hero who pioneered the “Minneapolis sound,” never strayed far from home. He was a lifelong Minnesotan. The iconic movie Purple Rain was filmed in downtown Minneapolis and helped other local acts get started in the recording industry.
Fans will have a chance to glimpse inside the private musicians personal life and where all the magic took place. Prince was very low key and private about his life and music. Tours are due to start on Friday, and tickets through December 2016 are now on sale. “Fans will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex,” the property’s official website says.
Paisley Park did offer limited tours to the public for just three days as part of a temporary agreement with the city previously. Paisley Park guests were escorted through a lobby and into an atrium filled with Prince memorabilia and painted murals. At the center of the room was an urn — purple and shaped like a crypt — containing the artist’s ashes.
Guests also toured through his private office — which still contains family photos and open briefcases left untouched since his death — as well as recording and editing studios, and a massive sound stage on the property where Prince shot music videos and held private concerts and parties.
In April, Prince, whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson, died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to a report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. He died at the property, aged 57. Paisley Park will be the Graceland of the North.