Prince’s iconic Chanhassen compound will be turned into a museum that may be open for tours as soon as this fall.
Bremer Trust, which is in charge of the late music icon’s assets, submitted a proposal to Chanhassen to rezone the Paisley Park property as a museum, according to the city. The proposal will go before a planning commission Sept. 20, and the City Council Oct. 3, the city’s website says.
And the goal is to have that museum open just days later.
The business plan for the site says the organizers want the museum open ahead of the Oct. 13 Prince tribute at U.S. Bank Stadium, so visitors from out of town have a chance to visit. Bremer said in a release Oct. 6 is the target opening date.
“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson said in Bremer’s release. “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.”
What the museum tour will include
The guided tours of the 65,000-square-foot complex, according to the business plan, would be on the main floor of Paisley Park only.
It would take people through the recording and mixing studios, video-editing rooms, rehearsal rooms, Prince’s private NPG Music Club, plus the soundstage and performance hall. There will also be a portion of the tour that goes into the garage, where the tour bus and cars will be able to be viewed.
They hope to be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week, and 9 a.m. to midnight on weekends. Tickets would be sold online only for $38.50 (though there could be a VIP package for $100), and the planned tours would be 70 minutes or so.
There will be snacks, with a nice Prince touch
One nice touch: The plan is to have snacks and drinks available for purchase after the tour.
But in a nod to Prince himself (a vegetarian who once gifted a song to PETA), the food options will be a limited menu of vegetarian items, including a tasting plate, dessert, and some sandwiches.
And with the drinks, nothing alcoholic – which was Prince’s rule for the famous Paisley Park parties in the past.
Some work will be done – but not much
The group overseeing the museum’s creation is PP Management, which is a subsidiary of the company that owns Graceland – the Elvis Presley museum in Memphis. They’ll be providing some of the money to help get the Paisley Park museum off the ground and operating, according to the business plan.
The planners don’t anticipate any exterior construction work on Paisley Park, though they do hope to make some expansions to the parking lot, and also add a cul de sac for easier entrance/exit along Audubon Road.
Indoors, they need to do some fire safety improvements, and will likely add some different lighting and widen some doorways.
Chanhassen Mayor Denny Laufenberger, in a release, said after speaking with Prince’s friends and family, he thinks the plan is “in full accordance with Prince’s wishes.”
“Much of his vision and design activity for Paisley Park is already in place,” Laufenberger said. “He knew exactly how to showcase his production studio for his fans in preparation for this eventual outcome.”