One of Prince’s last goals will come to pass after all. His home and studio complex, Paisley Park, opened as a museum in October 2016, a fitting tribute to a man who left a giant impact that stretched beyond the world of music.
Tours of the 65,000-square-foot estate opened October 2016, allowing those who buy tickets priced from $38.50 to $100 to view the recording studios, rehearsal areas and other work spaces used by Prince from the time he opened Paisley Park in the late-1980s until his death in April at age 57. Paisley Park occupies a unique place in the hearts of Minnesota fans. A hometown son, Prince built his career in Minnesota and never left. Wherever in the world he traveled, home was always Chanhassen, where he would rest, regenerate, create and periodically reward faithful fans by opening up the park for impromptu parties and jam sessions. That makes Paisley Park different even from places like Graceland. Elvis Presley and his extended clan lived at the Memphis estate for years, but it was not where Presley created most of his music. Paisley Park embodied Prince’s artistic spirit — from the studios where he rehearsed to the vaults where he kept unreleased works.
Close friends said that Prince long had a vision of Paisley Park as a museum and that he had spent years gathering memorabilia from a decadeslong career that included seven Grammys, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. What he did not do was create a will, which for a time appeared to leave his vision in jeopardy. By Editorial Board Star Tribune