‘Pais­ley Park Day’ de­clared as Prince mu­seum reopens

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NEWS -

Prince’s Pais­ley Park stu­dio com­plex and home re­opened per­ma­nently Fri­day as a mu­seum hon­or­ing his mu­si­cal legacy, and the mayor of the Min­neapo­lis sub­urb of Chan­has­sen de­clared it “Pais­ley Park Day” in cel­e­bra­tion.

The Chan­has­sen City Coun­cil ear­lier this month put the brakes on Pais­ley Park’s planned Oct. 6 open­ing, cit­ing con­cerns over traf­fic and park­ing. But the coun­cil signed off on the mu­seum’s re­zon­ing re­quest Mon­day af­ter steps were taken to ad­dress traf­fic is­sues, al­low­ing the gates to re­open Fri­day.

Vis­i­tors to the mu­seum can see the stu­dios where he recorded his hits, his gui­tars, “Pur­ple Rain” motorcycle, cos­tumes, awards and other mem­o­ra­bilia.

Also on dis­play is an urn that con­tains Prince’s ashes. Prince died at Pais­ley Park in April of an ac­ci­den­tal painkiller over­dose.

The mu­seum, man­aged by the same com­pany that runs Elvis Pres­ley’s Grace­land, is ex­pected to draw 600,000 peo­ple a year. The 70-minute tour costs $38.50 while the 100-minute VIP tour costs $100. Ad­di­tional fees are $11.75 per ticket.

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