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CHANHASSEN, MN (AP) – Prince’s Paisley Park studio complex and home has reopened as a museum honoring his musical legacy, and the mayor of Chanhassen declared Friday “Paisley Park Day” in celebration.
Earlier this month the Chanhassen City Council put the brakes on Paisley Park’s planned October 6th opening, citing concerns over traffic and parking. Only a limited number of tours were allowed under a temporary permit, disappointing fans who had already made travel plans.
But the council signed off on the museum’s rezoning request Monday after steps were taken to address traffic issues, allowing the gates to reopen Friday.
“Prince was known to love all, and today we welcome the world to our city while extending an open invitation for fans to visit Chanhassen and this beautiful music landmark,” read the proclamation from Mayor Denny Laufenburger.
Visitors to the museum can see the studios where Prince recorded his hits, his guitars, “Purple Rain” motorcycle, costumes, awards and other memorabilia.
Also on display is an urn — a stylized replica of the building — that contains Prince’s ashes. Prince died at Paisley Park in April of an accidental painkiller overdose.
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