Some time ago, we spoke about how Prince’s Paisley Park home would become a public, permanent museum. That project has now received the green light.
The combination house and recording studio complex has finally been given the go ahead by Chanhassen City Council, after several months of deliberation and temporary permits being issued.
Joel Weinshanker, the managing partner of Graceland Holdings, which is overseeing Paisley Park, said: “I think the city was very thoughtful in what they did. Prince’s museum is going to outlive us all.”
Paisley Park was open to the public for about three days earlier this month, but the museum will now finally open on a permanent basis from Friday, with bookings being taken until December.
Mayor Denny Laufenburger also chimed in on the new tourist attraction, which is expected to draw 600,000 people per year: “I’m happy for the council, I’m happy for the community, I’m happy for the operator. … [It’s a] big benefit for the community.”
According to three council members, the process to get the project green-lit was rushed initially and the details poorly planned, but apparently those concerns have been addressed by both the city and the current manager of Prince’s estate.
Ms Sheila Claytor, one of the council members, said this: “It’s such a rush job, piecing it all together. It’s not even Prince’s style.”
Among other things, the Paisley Park museum contains Prince’s guitars, the Purple Rain motorcycle, and Prince’s ashes in a decorative urn. As you might expect, the tour does not come cheap, but you can get more details here.