By Robyn Collins
Prince’s Paisley Park will be open for business, but not quite as planned. The Minneapolis estate will be allowed to open its doors for tours tomorrow (Oct. 6), Saturday (Oct. 8) and next Friday (Oct. 14), under a temporary order from the city council.
Tickets have already been sold and people have already made travel plans so the museum will try to accommodate guests holding tickets for other October dates on those three days, reports Billboard.
Full-time operation of the museum may not begin until December. On Monday, the Chanhassen City Council indefinitely postponed voting on a rezoning request by the trust company overseeing the late star’s estate for the complex to be operated as a museum and said Tuesday that the request will come up for another vote “on or before” Dec. 20.
Councilwoman Bethany Tjornhom said the Twin Cities community of 24,000 needs time to consider whether it wants to be a “tourist town” and host an anticipated 600,000 visitors a year, the Star Tribune reported.
The city’s statement says Chanhassen’s mayor, city council and staff will continue working with Bremer Trust to address all concerns and that the application, and any changes will come before the council.
The tours include the studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits; the rehearsal soundstage; displays of artifacts including costumes, awards and instruments; and rare music and video recordings.
Prince died in April of an accidental painkiller overdose at Paisley Park, the 65,000-square-foot studio complex where he lived. Graceland Holdings, which runs Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, is managing the museum.