Prince’s Paisley Park Opens Under Temporary Permit
Prince's Paisley Park will open to visitors today (Oct. 6). It was previously reported that the museum's debut might be postponed because the city council hadn’t approved a rezoning request.
However, Billboard reports that Paisley Park will open under a temporary permit today— and only two other dates for which tickets had already been sold— instead of daily as originally planned. City council members in Chanhassen, a Minneapolis suburb delayed action on rezoning because of concerns about public safety and traffic.
Specifically, council member, Bethany Tjornhom said that the community needs additional time to decide whether they will be prepared to host potentially 600,000 people a year. Also, they are trying to figure out if they want their city to morph into a “tourist town.” As of right now, there's no word on when exactly the museum will be allowed to begin full-scale tour operations, but the council said it would vote on the issue again "on or before" Dec. 20.
For today however, visitors to the museum are in for a treat. When tours begin, fans entering the Purple Rain room will see the script, guitar and a motorcycle that Prince rode in the classic 1984 movie. Also, the Oscar that he won for music in the movie is displayed in that room, and the movie will play on one wall. Additionally, about 6,000 pieces of clothing and 1,000 pairs of shoes are on display and Frank Wheaton, an attorney for Prince's half brother, Alfred Jackson, told The Associated Press that artifacts on display will include Prince's ashes in an urn.
Prince's younger sister Tyka Nelson told NBC she just wants visitors to have a unique, personal experience with her iconic brother.
"I want them to maybe feel like maybe they saw Prince up close," she said. "Sometimes when you're a fan, you get to only to see them from a seat, but this way, you're almost face-to-face with him."
You can watch a tour of the museum via The Today Show below.