Paisley Park Is Officially A Museum
Paisley Park officially became a museum Monday evening after the Chanhassen City Council unanimous voted in favor of rezoning Prince’s home.
The approval allows Paisley Park to permanently open for public tours, which will start again this Friday.
The company managing the late music icon’s assets, Bremer Trust, was previously aiming for an October 6th opening, but those plans were scrapped over traffic concerns and a potential lack of parking around the Chanhassen complex.
The museum anticipates as many as 2,000 guests will visit each day by car, according to the agenda from last night’s City Council meeting. Currently, 120 parking spaces are offered. Expanding the parking lot was discussed, however, the City Council said it would “delay the parking lot expansion until the number of Museum guests arriving by car warrants such expansion.”
Paisley Park issued a press release Tuesday morning, which said, “Throughout the tour, fans will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex… New enhancements to the tour will be added soon, which Prince fans visiting from around the world will love.”
In addition to its rezoning approval, Paisley Park can also be used as a recording studio, hotel, office and event center. Although outdoor events are prohibited, the City Council approved the museum for 12 indoor concerts per calendar year, as well as for private events filed with the City at least 10 days in advance.
Last week, Prince’s estate announced it opened a temporary exhibit in Mall of America with never-before-shown items from the Paisley Park Archives. The free-to-attend display is expected to remain open until November 14.