You may have heard the rumblings that Prince’s Paisley Park home would be opened to public tours, in a similar fashion to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Now it has been confirmed that his private estate and studio will be open to the public, some six months after his death.
Provided that plans are approved by the city, the trust company overseeing his estate will open Paisley Park to the public on October 6. As we discussed previously, this is something that Prince himself wanted to do.
Previous to this announcement, friend and collaborator Sheila E had said: “We’re hoping to make Paisley what [Prince wanted] it to be. [He] was working on it being a museum. He’s been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle. There’s a hallway of his awards and things, which he really didn’t care about too much, but he displayed it for the fans because he knows that they would want to see it.”
“There’s pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never [seen]… There’s a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have played with him… It’s beautiful.”
Tyka, Prince’s sister, said: “Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do. Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during [Prince’s] 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 tours will be managed by the same company that manages Graceland, which has had more than 20 million visitors over the years, with 600,000 recorded annually in recent years.
Ticket prices will be $38.50 (£29.10) for the 70-minute tour but VIP tours will also be offered to small groups.
As mentioned, approval is needed from the city for this to go forward and a planning commission hearing is planned for September 20.