Prince’s Paisley Park Public Opening Hits a Snag

City Council votes to table a zoning request that would have allowed Prince’s home to open for tours on Thursday

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UPDATED, Tuesday 3:55 p.m.: USA Today reports that tours at Paisley Park will be allowed on Thursday, Saturday and October 14. Refunds will be issued for ticket holders who purchased tours for October 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15.


Sorry, Prince fans; if you bought tickets to visit the deceased music legend’s Minnesota home this week, you might be out of luck.

In a move that will likely delay the opening of Paisley Park to tours, the Chanhassen City Council voted Monday to table a zoning request that would open Paisley Park to the public.

Paisley Park was scheduled to open for tours on Thursday. However, by a 3-2 vote, the city council decided that it needed more time to consider the possible impact, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Tuesday.

“We only have one chance to get this right,” council member Bethany Tjornhom said, adding that Chanhassen needs to consider whether it should be a “tourist town.”

The decision drew criticism from Chanhassen mayor Denny Laufenburger, who said, “It’s just unclear to me what additional time will give us … I understand your desire to slow down, but we’re not running.”

While the museum’s website,, sent ticket purchasers an email notifying them of the council’s decision, it did not say whether tours will be canceled in light of the decision. Instead, the email promised updates “very soon.”

In a statement released in August, the “Little Red Corvette” singer’s sister,  Tyka Nelson, said that Prince was actually making plans to open the estate up to the public before his death in April at age 57.

“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” Nelson said. “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.”

Prince died at Paisley Park just days after reportedly being hospitalized for an overdose of the opioid Percocet. The coroner later determined that the musician died from an overdose of the opioid fentanyl.