26 Oct 2016

Prince's estate to become permanent museum

9:50 am on 26 October 2016

The estate and studio of the late US musician Prince is to become a permanent museum after a rezoning request was approved by a suburban Minneapolis city council.

his file photo taken on October 6, 2016 shows a view outside Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Late pop icon Prince's Paisley Park studio compound in Minnesota will become open to the public on October 28, 2016, after gaining final approval as a museum.

Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Photo: AFP

Prince, 57, died in April at the estate, Paisley Park, from an accidental, self-administered overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, medical officials said in June.

Visitors to Paisley Park will be able to see the musician's flamboyant concert wardrobe as well as his instruments and motorcycle collection, a website for the property said.

It will be opened to the public on Friday, and an early-purchased general admission ticket will cost $US38.50 and a VIP tour will be $100.

Prince performs a concert in 2009.

Prince performing at a concert in 2009. Photo: AFP

Paisley Park Facilities LLC, which operates the property, was previously granted a temporary permit to open it as a museum and it gave limited tours this month.

According to city council documents, over the course of three days of tours the property received between 2000 and 2400 visitors - about 200 visitors per hour.

The city had initially tried to delay plans for a museum, citing concerns about traffic flow and public safety.

As part of Monday's vote, the city council has asked for a study to be done to address traffic issues.

Prince blended elements of jazz, funk, R&B, disco and rock in a prolific output of more than 30 albums that have sold more than 36 million copies in the United States alone since 1978.

His hits included 'Purple Rain', '1999', 'When Doves Cry', and 'Little Red Corvette'.

Prince 4Ever, the first of two albums featuring previously unreleased and unheard tracks from the artist's vault of recordings, will be released on 22 November.

Prince fan Dan Carey contributes to a memorial outside of Paisley Park, Prince's home and studio, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Prince fan Dan Carey contributes to a memorial outside of Paisley Park. Photo: AFP

- Reuters

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