Prince‘s Paisley Park museum will not be opening on October 6, with traffic, parking and public safety said to be delaying the initial plans.
Located in Chanhassen in his home state of Minnesota, Paisley Park became both a residence and a place of creativity for Prince after construction was completed in 1988. The artist intended the compound to become a museum after his death, leaving behind guidelines on such aspects as how he wanted visitors to walk through Paisley Park during the tour.
According to The Star Tribune (via The Fader), the Chanhassen City Council want more time to figure out how the museum’s opening would affect Chanhassen’s traffic, parking and public and pedestrian safety. One member said they also need to decide whether they want to become a “tourist town,” hosting approximately 600,000 visitors annually. Mayor Denny Laufenburger reportedly disagreed with the decision to table.
The planned Paisley Park museum will allow visitors access to the first floor of the facility – the basement vault, the elevator where Prince was found dead, and his private apartment on the second floor will remain strictly off-limits.
Visitors will be able to visit twelve different rooms (which have all been decorated thematically to document a particular era of his career) and his recording studios.
Prince’s guidelines are said to include “a wall-mounted timeline of his life through the mid-1990s and messages and texts sent to friends that specify how he wanted fans to walk through Paisley Park.”
A new opening date for the Paisley Park museum is yet to be revealed.