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Prince's Paisley Park To Become a Museum

by Latifah Muhammad 5:32 PM PDT, August 24, 2016
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Millions of Prince fans will soon get the chance to tour his iconic Paisley Park estate.

The Purple One's 65,000-square-foot private mansion and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, is set to become a museum opening for daily tours this fall, the late singer’s estate announced on Wednesday.

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

A business plan and application for development review for the museum has been submitted to the City of Chanhassen. The documents request the assistance of the operational expertise of an experienced property management team, though 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 Craig Ordal, president of Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as special administrator of Prince's estate.

The management crew at Elvis' Graceland estate will be providing "development management, and oversight of all aspects of the museum at Paisley Park," along with giving the initial funds for capital improvement and operating costs.

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The tours will run 70 minutes, with a maximum guest stay of two hours during peak times, and the estate will have 24/7 security.

Visitors will be taken through Paisley Park's extensive main floor, as well as recording and mixing studios where Prince laid down some of his greatest hits, video editing suites, rehearsal rooms, and a massive soundstage that the icon used to rehearse for tours and hold private concerts.

Thousands of Prince artifacts will also be featured on the tour, including concert memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles, giving fans a first-hand view of what it was like for Prince to create, perform, and live inside his private sanctuary.

"The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it," Prince's siblings added in a joint statement. "Most important, the museum will display Prince's genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community."

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Tours are set to begin on Oct. 6. with tickets priced at $38.50 for standard entry. A VIP experience will be offered to smaller groups at a price of $100 or more. Tickets will go on sale via OfficialPaisleyPark.com on Friday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. CT.

In addition to the museum opening, the life of Prince will be celebrated at a tribute concert on Oct. 13 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The music legend died in April from an accidental opioid overdose at age 57. Go inside Prince's final days in the video below.

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