Promised surprises, fans got a big one right away: the music icon’s earthly remains are now permanently enshrined in Paisley Park’s central atrium.
The installation underlines just how core the Chanhassen complex was to Prince’s life and work.
In the wake of Prince’s death, as was the case during his life, there’s no way to come closer to Prince and his music than to visit Paisley Park.
No tickets are currently for sale, however, since the operators are working with the City of Chanhassen to satisfy community concerns about traffic and safety.
Today was one of just three days that the museum has been given a permit to open, and a meeting next Wednesday will mark the next step in a negotiation that Mayor Denny Laufenburger — who was on hand this morning to shake guests’ hands and assure them they’re welcome in Chanhassen — clearly hopes will be short.
This morning just before 9 a.m., Joel Weinshanker stepped out of the front door of Paisley Park.
Wearing a purple tunic and obviously both emotionally and physically exhausted, the facility’s manager welcomed the first fans to the museum that Prince’s home and studio has now become.There are also rooms containing artifacts related to each of several Prince albums (guitars, costumes, handwritten lyrics) for each of a few different Prince albums including is advertised as coming next year.The VIPs in our group were handed off to another staffer, who led us back into the video editing room and then into Studio A — the studio that Prince often used for his own personal recording.Essentially, though, Weinshanker and his team have preserved the space in a way that showcases its various functions.The big task that remains is for the museum to become much more informative regarding how Prince actually used the space.Prince had envisioned, and partly installed, a series of rooms corresponding to his albums and movies.