Prince left us five years ago today. But a special group of fans visited his home Wednesday to pay tribute to his memory and fabulous purple persona.
Prince lived in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn. That’s a Minneapolis suburb. He lived in his home and created his music in it, too. And when he died, Paisley Park was turned into a museum to honor the memory of one of the greatest performers in the world.
Specifically, the atrium of Paisley Park is open today for 1,400 fans, who grabbed up one of the free reservations. Prince’s ashes are in a custom-made urn, which is shaped like a mini Paisley Park and featuring his purple love symbol. The urn will be prominently displayed for fans to see for the first time since the museum opened in October 2016.
“We celebrate his life and legacy every day at Paisley Park, a place that Prince wanted to share with the world,” Paisley Park Executive Director Alan Seiffert said in a statement to the media. “So, on this day, especially, we acknowledge the incredible force and inspiration Prince is in people’s lives and open up our doors for them to pay their respects.”
Prince Wanted Paisley Park to be like Graceland
Prince envisioned Paisley Park as a place to inspire his creativity. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Paisley Park featured three recording studios with a huge soundstage. There were rooms for rehearsal and plenty of storage space. The second floor was turned into two apartments. Prince lived in one of them when he and his wife divorced in 2006. Two of his pets also lived with him. They were doves Divinity and Majesty. Divinity, who was 28, died earlier this year. They both offered an ode to the Prince song “When Doves Cry.”
On the morning of April 16, 2016, a worker at Paisley Park discovered an unresponsive Prince in the elevator. Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl. He’d been taking the meds to deal with chronic hip pain that came from injuries he suffered during his high-energy concerts.
Prince always wanted part of Paisley Park to be turned into a museum. He envisioned it as his version of Graceland. And the management of Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, maintained the Paisley Park museum up until 2019.
In the months immediately after the superstar’s death, museum curators cataloged 121 guitars, 1,000 pairs of shows, 12 cars and 6,400 Prince outfits. The rest of his stuff was in storage.
Now, let’s pay tribute to Prince with his most popular song. Enjoy.