Despite zoning concerns, Paisley Park opened to the public as planned Thursday.
Prince fans were welcomed to his Chanhassen, Minn., estate for the first round of guided tours, which continue Saturday and Oct. 14. Lucky ticket-holders took to social media to share their reactions to the converted museum, which reportedly houses the late singer's ashes in the main entrance.
Fan who took Paisley Park tour just told me #Prince remains are on display in a Paisley Park replica urn just inside museum entryway— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) October 6, 2016
Other fans — many of whom wore purple for the occasion — said they toured his personal office and recording studio, in addition to various rooms that were apparently untouched since his April death of an accidental drug overdose. Paintings of the icon graced the walls, and trophies including his Grammy and MTV Video Music Awards lined the hallways. Meanwhile, concert footage, Purple Rain and unreleased music played in others.
Zoning issues threatened to delay the reopening of Paisley Park to the public. But a temporary green light from the Chanhassen City Council allowed three days of tours to begin this morning. Local media was not allowed inside. But according to devoted Prince blogger Dr. Funkenberry, the Purple One's urn is currently on display in the atrium (seen here sans urn). Photo courtesy of Paisley Park and NPG Records. #prince #ripprince #paisleypark #minnstagramers
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The Paisley Park gift shop boasts purple bags, a Paisley Park poster and t-shirts with Purple Rain lyrics on the back.
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Cars with Prince-themed license plates were spotted in the parking lot, too.
Paisley Park was set to begin daily tours Thursday, but hit a snag earlier this week when the Chanhassen City Council postponed a rezoning request due to worries over traffic and parking. The council granted temporary permits for three days, and will vote again on the request by Dec. 20.