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Prince’s Paisley Park opens for tours

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Singer Bruce Springsteen sang Prince?s ?Purple Rain? at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, on Saturday, April 23, three days after Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis home. Springsteen told the audience watching Prince?s live performance made him ?(leave) the show humbled,? reported Forbes. Prince?s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said the singer?s remains have been cremated and that a private memorial service was held at the Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Saturday. Credit: Twitter/AnnMarieLussier

Prince’s famous home Paisley Park is to become a permanent museum. Picture: AFP/Bertrand Guay

LATE pop icon Prince’s Paisley Park studio compound in Minnesota will open to the public on Friday, after gaining final approval as a museum.

The Purple Rain star’s complex was scheduled to open earlier this month, but was delayed after city officials asked the site’s operator to better plan for an influx of visitors.

Officials granted final approval on Monday night, and Paisley Park’s operator said tour tickets will be available for purchase online through to December 2016. Tour dates for 2017 are expected to go on sale in mid-November.

Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota will become a permanent museum. Picture: Paisley Park/NPG Records via AP

Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota will become a permanent museum. Picture: Paisley Park/NPG Records via APSource:AP

The 5100-metre-square studio complex is located in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. It has a near-mythical status among fans, who had only limited access to parts of it during the pop legend’s life. A lucky few hundred were said to have toured it.

As a compromise for fans who had already purchased tour tickets for the complex’s original unveiling in early October, officials allowed a limited number of tours over three days earlier this month.

The atrium of Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Picture: Paisley Park/NPG Records via AP

The atrium of Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Picture: Paisley Park/NPG Records via APSource:AP

Fans who got inside saw memorabilia including concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, music and video recordings, and motorcycles. Rooms were themed according to Prince’s albums, like Graffiti Bridge or Purple Rain.

Prince’s working studio was left untouched since the singer’s death on April 21 from an accidental overdose of painkillers, at the age of 57.

Prince's recording Studio A at Paisley Park. Picture: Paisley Park/NPG Records via AP

Prince’s recording Studio A at Paisley Park. Picture: Paisley Park/NPG Records via APSource:AP

A long-planned memorial concert took place earlier this month. Some 20,000 fans and musicians gathered in Minnesota’s capital Saint Paul for the nearly five-hour tribute, which included a surprise video message from President Barack Obama.

“Thank you, Prince, for all the great works you have done. You will be in our hearts forever,” said Mr Obama.

Other famous people’s homes to be turned into museums after their deaths include artist Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico City, Albert Einstein’s apartment in Bern, Switzerland, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion in Memphis.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee has been turned into a museum. Picture: Supplied

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee has been turned into a museum. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia