Is Prince’s Paisley Park the next Graceland?


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The complex has long been a source of curiosity for fans

Mayor says he would welcome it becoming an attraction

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Fans have flocked outside Prince’s Paisley Park estate since the singer’s recent death at the age of 57.

Now there are rumors that Prince’s fans will be able to tour Paisley Park at some point.

The future of the Chanhassen, Minnesota, complex where the superstar recorded music and threw parties is not entirely certain. But chatter that it could become a museum and tourist attraction like Elvis Presley’s Graceland has sparked excitement.

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“We’re hoping to make Paisley what [Prince wanted] it to be,” Prince collaborator and former fiancee Sheila E. told Entertainment Tonight. “[He] was working on it being a museum. He’s been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle.”

Fans have long been curious about the sprawling 55,000-foot compound where Prince reportedly did everything from rehearse for his tours to relax in between them.

Those lucky enough to score an invite were greeted by “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” according to Sheila E.

“There’s pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never [seen],” she said. “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.”

And of course, there’s plenty of purple.