Promised surprises, fans got a big one right away: the music icon’s earthly remains are now permanently enshrined in Paisley Park’s central atrium.Prince’s ashes are enclosed in a little purple box that sits inside a model of Paisley Park itself.No tickets are currently for sale, however, since the operators are working with the City of Chanhassen to satisfy community concerns about traffic and safety.
Many fans will have never previously seen the high-ceilinged atrium that the tour heads straight into after ticket-buyers check in at a front desk.
There are two levels of tours: standard ($38.50) and VIP ($100).
As we sifted back into the studio, the new museum’s logistical challenges became increasingly clear.
Groups intermingled, and it wasn’t always clear who was supposed to be where.
The most obvious kink in the museum’s operation on day one was the escorting and timing of tours. tour was greeted by an ebullient guide who read some basic facts from a set of notecards she’d marked in purple ink (built in 1986-87, 65K square feet, named because “Prince loved paislies”).
Then, we were led back to the atrium: a dramatic space highlighted not only by Prince’s remains-within-a-studio-within-a-studio but by a mezzanine-level cage containing his two pet doves, Majesty and Divinity.
Essentially, though, Weinshanker and his team have preserved the space in a way that showcases its various functions.
The big task that remains is for the museum to become much more informative regarding how Prince actually used the space.
That mezzanine led to spaces that even VIPs didn’t get to see, but there’s still plenty to take in off the atrium — all of it completely new to me, as it surely will be to most fans.
There’s a little kitchen where Prince would relax and watch basketball games (he was a fan of both the Timberwolves and the Lynx, who he invited to a Paisley party after their most recent championship).
Prince had envisioned, and partly installed, a series of rooms corresponding to his albums and movies.