History Center plans free exhibit of Prince items around anniversary of his death

The temporary display will include the suit from Purple Rain.

The first anniversary of Prince's death is approaching. And if a pilgrimage to Paisley Park is not your style, there'll be a quieter way to mark the passing of the legendary Minnesota musician.

You can duck into the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul to spend a few minutes among artifacts including the purple suit Prince wore while making the Purple Rain film in 1983.

The Minnesota Historical Society said Tuesday it will have a display of Prince items on exhibit in the museum's lobby from Tuesday, April 18 through Sunday the 23rd. Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose last April 21st.

Since it's in the lobby, you won't need to pay the History Center's admission fee to see the Prince display. It will also include Prince's handwritten lyrics to a song called "I Hope We Can Work It Out," which the Historical Society recently acquired.

Those lyrics include the line "Makin' music naturally, me and W.B." Yes, that's a reference to Warner Brothers. But the Historical Society explains the song was actually written while Prince was still angling for a contract with the label – well before his famous legal battle with the company, which led him to temporarily change his name to a symbol.

Anniversary events at Paisley Park

At Prince's home and studio in Chanhassen, a month of events known as the "Prince4Ever Celebration" is already underway.

On Monday fans were invited to place mementos on a new purple fence at Paisley Park, much like the memorials that were hung there a year ago. Visitors who pay for a tour of Paisley Park can leave tributes there all month but the area will be opened up to everybody again next Monday.

Prince's former band The Revolution has a sold-out concert at Paisley Park on the 21st – the anniversary of Prince's death.

Next Up


A Radio History of Prince

In the Twin Cities, the excitement about Prince will propel the growth of WLOL and push KDWB to abandon “real rock radio.”