A few months ago, we learned that, in the wake of Prince’s passing earlier this year, Paisley Park — the Minnesota compound where Prince lived, recorded, and even be performed — would soon open up to the public, for the first time ever, as a museum. Prince reportedly always intended for Paisley Park to become a museum, and on guided tours, fans will get to see his stage costumes, instruments, and awards on display. The Today show sent Al Roker and a camera crew to Paisley Park to give a first glimpse of the mysterious space.
Apparently, Prince’s living quarters will be closed to the public, but the site’s archivists have left the actual recording studio untouched, leaving Prince’s handwritten notes on music stands. Roker says that before he died, Prince had been working on a jazz album, and that’ll come out sometime soon; I don’t think I’d seen that reported anywhere before. Roker also brought two of Prince’s sisters to see the space for the first time, and he interviewed the space’s chief archivist about Prince’s custom-made outfits. You can watch the Today segment below.
CNN reports that Chanhassen, the Minnesota city where Paisley Park is located, is still deciding whether to allow Paisley Park to operate as a museum. (It seems like a no-brainer to me, given the tourist money that a museum could bring to town, but maybe that’s why I’m not a Chanhassen city council member.) In any case, it will open for three days of tours starting tomorrow.