So we’re not sure just how purple Prince’s studios actually are (we’re assuming they’re fairly well-hued), but Prince fans and Twin Cities residents will soon get a chance to see for themselves. Paisley Park, the home and creative compound of the late pop icon, will open to the public in October.
Beginning Oct 6th, the 65,000sqft complex in Chanhassen, MN will offer daily tours of its main floor. Visitors can check out Prince’s production studios where the artist created some of his biggest hits, video editing suites, rehearsal rooms, his private music club, and the soundstage where Prince rehearsed and hosted private concerts.
Notoriously private, Prince only allowed only a few hundred people toever tour his digs. The Minneapolis native lived at Paisley Park since 1985.
“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, said in the press release issued by the special administrator of the singer’s estate.
The tours will also feature thousands of artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobes, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare recordings, concert memorabilia, cars, and motorcycles. “Most important, the museum will display Prince’s genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community,” the release continued.