Lonely Planet Writer

Prince's Paisley Park estate set to be turned into a museum to honour star's memory

Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota is set to become a lasting memorial for fans, following the superstar’s death last week.

The 50,000 square foot property is valued at around £4.6 million, and will be a place for fans, friends and family to “remember his music”.The late artist’s brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips, told the Sun: “We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince’s memory.

A memorial for Prince outside his estate
A memorial for Prince outside his estate (Renee Jones Schneider/AP)

“It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans – this would remember his music, which is his legacy.

“Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered.”

It is hoped Paisley Park, valued at £4.6 million, will rival Elvis’s Graceland in Memphis.

Sheila E, Prince’s former flame and long-time collaborator, confirmed that he would have wanted his estate to become a place for fans to remember the music.

Fans remember Prince with purple balloons and flowers
Fans remember Prince with purple balloons and flowers (Jim Mone/AP)

“He’s been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle. There’s a hallway of his awards and things, which he really didn’t care about too much, but he displayed it for the fans because he knows that they would want to see it,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

“There’s pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never (seen),” she continued. “There’s a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have played with him… It’s beautiful.”

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