Home of Prince opens for public tours

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August 25, 2016
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP):

Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting October 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced yesterday. The company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it.

Bremer Trust said in a statement that millions of Prince fans will get the chance to tour the 65,000-square-foot complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, where Prince collapsed in an elevator and died of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl in April.

rare opportunity

"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, said in the statement.

"Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place."

The tours will be run by Graceland Holdings, which has overseen Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, since 1982. According to the museum's business plan. Graceland, where Presley died in 1977, has welcomed more than 20 million visitors since opening to the public, averaging over 600,000 annually in recent years. Graceland is providing the initial funds for capital improvements and operating costs.