Prince’s Recording Studio Is Open To The Public - But Only For A Short Time

Fans of the late rocker Prince - who would have turned 59 today - should swing by Chanhassen, Minnesota for the ultimate fan-cation. The Minneapolis suburb is the home of Prince's Paisley Park mansion, which is now a museum dedicated to The Purple One's legacy.

For over 30 years, Prince lived and worked in the 65,000 square foot mansion and recording studio, where he hosted impromptu concerts and recorded classic albums like 'Sign O' the Times' (1987), 'Lovesexy' (1988) and the 'Batman' soundtrack (1989). So you can bring your cape and boogie where the 'Batdance' was born.

“Paisley Park is pretty much representative of everything I am musically,” Prince once said. And now it offers fans an intimate glimpse into his life through artifacts on exhibit - like handwritten lyrics on a music stand, props from the 'Purple Rain' movie and a purple piano that is still scuffed from a concert where Prince hopped up and danced on the lid. The site also contains a treasury of 121 guitars and over 6,000 outfits. 

Admission prices range from $45 to $100 depending on which tour package you see. All tours let you inside the complex and the recording studio where not only Prince but Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and other stars recorded. Other packages get you into VIP areas like Prince's rehearsal room. And there's even a VIP brunch package on Sundays that includes a menu tailored after Prince's tastes.

The museum is a limited-time venue that will stop giving tours in September 2017, so diehard fans shouldn't put this off. 

Here's a peek inside Prince's musical fortress of solitude.


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