Prince was quirky and wonderful and gone too soon. Like Elvis, Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson before him, he’s the type of artist that will be remembered both as a person and for his music decades after his death. And now, like The King of Rock, we’ll be able to see into his life via his estate. Prince’s 65,000-square foot home and studio, Paisley Park will be opening to the public as a museum in October.
We’re expecting less ’70s decor, but the same idea as Elvis’s Graceland (in fact, the same company is funding the project). We’ll finally get to tour the inside of Prince’s mysterious Minneapolis compound where he created almost all his works, rehearsed and lived. We don’t know very much about the house/studio but what we do know is pretty compelling. The place has two recording studios, a performance space, a rehearsal hall, offices and of course, living space. Prince pretty much didn’t have to leave his house for anything. Now that’s #HouseGoals.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, said shortly after his death that opening Paisley Park up for tours was something he had wanted, and had been actively working on for a while. So basically, it was Prince’s last wish that we all get to see his house; we wouldn’t want to disappoint the Purple One.
‘The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it,’ his siblings said in a statement, ‘Most important, the museum will display Prince’s genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community.’
Are you super excited yet? Well, you can pre-order tickets to tours starting this Friday at the Official Paisley Park website. Tours will start October 6th and include what seems like everything you could possibly want. We’ll be able to see almost all the performance, recording and rehearsal space as well as thousands of Prince artifacts like costumes, rare music, awards, instruments, art, videos and cars. It looks like if he owned it, you can see it.
Those tickets will probably go pretty fast, so if you’re planning on working a tour into your fall, better get on it. You can also sign up for email updates on the website so you’ll get all the Paisley Park news. We wish we could’ve seen the place while Prince was still living in it, but this is the next best thing. Now, let’s take bets on what percentage of the decor is purple. Our guess is at least 80.