The sprawling residence and studio complex of Paisley Park is set to become a permanent shrine to the late pop icon Prince, after the local council approved plans to re-purpose the property as a permanent museum.

In a unanimous vote taken on Monday evening (October 24th), the Chanhassen City Council in Minnesota voted to re-zone Paisley Park as a museum. The 64,000 sq.ft. complex, in Chanhassen City just outside of Minneapolis, was Prince’s sanctuary and creative hub since the late 1980s, and it can now be opened permanently for public tours.

PrincePrince's Paisley Park complex has been granted approval to become a permanent museum

Tours are now available to be taken by the public from this Friday onwards, and tickets going through to December 2016 are now on sale, according to a report by Billboard.

The official website for the newly opened museum says: “Fans will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.”

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A strictly limited number of tours had been permitted in a temporary three-day agreement struck between Prince’s estate and the Chanhassen City Council earlier in October.

The reason for the delay was not because the Council was unfavourable, but because they wanted to review concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety in the area and how they would be impacted by the presence of a museum there.

Graceland Holdings, which operates the museum at Elvis Presley’s former home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, is managing the tours at Paisley Park.

“I think the city was very thoughtful in what they did,” said Graceland Holdings’ Joel Weinshanker. “Prince’s museum is going to outlive us all.”

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