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Excellent location, great views, new landscaping and walking path, complimentary outdoor dining and waste disposal facilities, everything you could ask for in a neighborhood micropark. This park's greatness is perhaps best summed up in the words of Leonardo da Vinci (“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”) and Antoine de Saint-Exupery ("Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away").
they say on clear nights with a full moon you can still see him
It's Prince's crib. lots of great music was recorded there. It's where his vault of masters are located
It's like being on hallowed ground.
wow this is where prince records. owwwwwwwww
Was there for a fan club weekend event years ago. Got a tour of the place and private concerts by Prince and friends (Larry Graham, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer) for the fan club guests for two nights. Once in a lifetime. Best part was dancing onstage with everyone.
The happiest place on earth!
Just overall bucket list item for any music fan. It also feels like home :)
Cause it damn funky
I'm staying in Bloomington Minnesota for the next 2 nights and wish I could visit Princes playground but I'm without transportation except cab. I'm SOO SOO close.
I've never been here before so I'm a little lost but sure would be a dream to see his stomping grounds.
It's a longtime dream of mine:)
This studio is Prince's playground. It contains a recording and stage complex, and covers 55,000 square feet. Other artists who recorded there include The Time, Sheila E., Mavis Staples and George Clinton.
Prince is a musical God and this is his Kingdom.
Heaven on earth
Thank you Prince, for everything you have given to all of us fans. Thank you. I really appreciate & will be eternally grateful for having the experience of enjoying your concerts. To ADMIN of his info for maps: I see that Paisley Park has been removed from map search, couldn't you find it in your hearts to leave it? So it can give us fans, esp those, that weren't as lucky to get to go there and experience the awesomeness of his events, something to look at? The place where his music was created?
It's hard to explain why I'm so upset over the death of someone I've never met. Prince, your music has been kinda like a soundtrack for my life. I'm so devastated by your death, but I will celebrate your life always! My dream since when I was a little girl, was to perform with you one day. I guess that will have to happen now in heaven!!!! I love you always😢😢😢 Planning on visiting your spirit at Paisley Park in the near future💜💜💜
Another great artist gone too soon. I've loved your music since the late 70s, we grew up together and I've enjoyed your career. I am terribly saddened by your passing as I could hardly function yesterday after I heard the news. Godspeed to you my brotha and we will see you in paradise.
That's ma boiz spot! Paisley Park ... RIP Prince. Thank you so much for all the memories and all the years of good music. See you on the other side one day my brother. Have a safe journey... God Bless.
I saw you perform with one of my life long loves at Radio City Music Hall. I bumped into you at a basement party at Nells. I taught my self how to ride a motorcycle after seeing Purple Rain. I learned how to touch a woman after experiencing "International Lover", "Adore" and "The beautiful ones".
I've loved your music, persona and boldness since I first heard "I wanna be your lover". I cant believe our timeless Prince is gone, at least in physical form.
Thank you, Prince. Thank you
This one really hurt.
I've never met parents or seen him in concert I wish I had now. I grew up listening to Prince of course some of the dirty songs were restricted to me as a child. But there was always a deep love for Prince in my household. When I found out he was gone I thought it was just TMZ being dirty but I waited a while and soon enough everybody was talking about it. His music will live on forever and ever. I hope they do not leave Paisley Park in ruin or close down for any reason. They should keep Paisley Park open and turn it into a museum so that fans from around the world can come see where Prince and fellow artists made their wonderful music. His music should live on forever and ever.
Paisely Park will forever be in my heart. I took the VIP tour. Just standing where my music icon and his fellow musicians and protégés worked for countless hours to record and perform 30 years of my favorite music, was worth every cent. His urn is there and you will have a moment to pay your respects. The tour guide was knowlegable, they have interesting info about every room on the tour. I highly recommend the food by Prince's chef, and I am not a vegan. It was delicious. Suggestions: Benches. No public seating anywhere inside except for the NPG Club and the tent (gift shop and food service). More photo opportunites. How about a photography setup in the Purple Rain room, and NPG Music Club as well? Would have been very excited to have multiple background shots in PP, instead of one (in Studio B). I didn't have any travel/parking issues (followed arrival instructions) or food service issues (pre-ordered my food). I felt honored and happy to have access. Thank you to the Nelson family.
I was very lucky to be one of the first groups to tour Paisley Park after Prince's passing. Many of the initial tours were cancelled. Along with the digital tickets, we were emailed instructions regarding proper etiquette - when to arrive, where to park, ABSOLUTELY NO PICTURES OR YOU'LL BE BANNED FOREVER etc. It's clear that everyone involved with the Paisley Park tours loves Prince and his legacy, and wants to share it with the world, but in a very controlling manner. Prince would be proud.
And make no mistake, Prince intended for people to see this place. Every room, even every hallway was designed by the Purple One Himself to showcase and highlight his achievements and influence. His ashes are kept in the grand entry foyer, so you can pay your respects. The office and studios (we were told) were left just as they were. In Studio A, we got to hear a couple snips of some music he was working on. There's a handful of dioramas of iconic albums/tours including the Purple Rain Room. The soundstage has set pieces from certain tours, including instruments and outfits.
VIP access gets you into a couple extra rooms and you are allowed to sit on the purple couches in the New Power Generation club lounge, which seemed like a strange perk. At the end is a gift shop that's just a tent tacked onto the exit of the tour. Mostly t-shirts and posters, but they do have a bit of a cafe, hidden behind the gift shop and not obvious at all. We were able to sample several of Prince's favorite dishes, made by his personal chef. They were ultra vegan-vegatarian and very yummy. I'd be vegan if all vegan food tasted that good.
The tour is brand-new, so I'll give some slack that the whole thing wasn't very smooth. I didn't like being handed off to several different guides. The timing was off, too. Some areas there wasn't enough time to see all the things before the tour moved on. Other areas I was able to go round the room twice. The end of the tour kind of fell apart and we lost our guide near the bathrooms, and saw ourselves out. (through the gift shop, natch) We had to track down the cafe which was quite hidden and then explain to them that we'd purchased the food package online. One can only hope they'll get the wrinkles sorted out once they get some money coming in.
And here's what they don't tell you - If you do the VIP, then you need to bring a usb drive. There is a room with a "photo opportunity," but cell phones and cameras aren't allowed, so they take the picture with their camera and if you bring a USB drive, they will save the pic for you. If you don't bring a drive... you guessed it - you can buy one at the front desk for $10.
Another thing they don't tell you - If you get your ticket emailed to you, how to you bring it to the museum if electronic devices aren't allowed? I printed a hard copy. But we discovered when we arrived that you actually can bring your phone or electronic device, and they will give you a bag and they lock your phone in a bag, which you can carry with you, and they unlock the bag at the end of the tour.
Paisley Park is definitely worth the visit to get inside the creative space of such a prolific and talented artist.
The Paisley Park experience was fantastic! So much information and emotion was shared with us today. As overwhelming as it was, it was also a sombering reminder that Prince is now gone. However, I hope that his memory and works will live on through his enthusiasts and those that knew him personally. He was truly one of a kind and loved by so many. I pray that the city of Chanhassen accept this beautiful blessing with open arms- I am certainly humbled by today's journey.
What a "Memorial Fence" ... messages from all over the world! What a great talent lost too early. We felt very humbled by the atmosphere of the place and visitors, now 2-1/2 months after his sad death. What a loss for all of us! His creativity is sadly missed in this world.
Of course all of his belongings and space is amazing to see and well worth it, but the tour itself needs A LOT OF HELP!! Among my many complaints about the organization of it all, just checked my bank account and found out that the cafe employee that couldn't figure out how to use the CC scanner charged my card twice for a total of $60 for cold food I waited an hour for!!
Every thing Prince is 5 out of 5 stars. He's in a class all his own. I'm only sorry his eccentric ways have kept the vast majority of the general public from knowing the extent of his musical abilities, artistic vision, quiet generosity, and prolific work. Genius almost seems understated. His death was a tremendous loss to the community, his fans, the music industry, and anyone who simply appreciates beauty. Visiting Paisley Park isn't the same without the man who created it. I'm glad I went, but I much preferred my quiet visits outside the fence in the weeks following Apr 21st. Same could be said of the too few occasions I attended events at Paisley Park before his untimely passing. The first time I entered and stood inside was overwhelming. I literally lost my breath and almost burst into tears. I felt like the luckiest person in the whole world at that moment. Just knowing I was in his presence was as close to a spiritual experience as I could imagine. He will remain in my heart 4ever.
Love Prince . Its beautiful here. Peaceful. Respectful "lookers" beautiful art. Eccentric taste. Will do the tour soon but as of now just visited the outside fence/tunnel with all the fan mail art. Been a few times ..it always changes
I wouldn't spend the $112 for the VIP tour at the Paisley Park museum. They have scrubbed the place completely of Prince - it's a big marketing ploy. You are shoved through rooms that were always considered public rooms, by someone who is just speaking the same words written on a placard in the room. There is music blaring from every corner. Our tour was made to move out of rooms quickly because they did not start us on time and made us move as the next tour was brought through. The "photo opportunity" is another rip-off. You spend $10 for an empty thumb drive and you're placed on an X in a room, where some dude snaps your photo.
There is nothing about this place that allows quiet reflection about Prince - nothing about the place that allows one to pay some sort of respect. It's all about the money they can pump out of you and how fast they can shove you through the experience. It's a shame that Prince's memory is being exploited the way it is.
Touring Paisley Park was a lovely experience. His home is beautiful the art was amazing. His people were very respectful and courteous while halfway thru the tour my blood sugar dropped I didn't want to make a scene so I whispered to one of the employees my situation and they discreetly rush me to sit down at a table and brought me a drink and food and the head security came and sat with me he was very knowledgeable about diabetes very kind. We talked and he let me take as much time as I needed then when I was ready to shop he had another security stay with me to make sure I would be OK. I thank all those who helped.
I love Prince & will miss him! Visiting his masterpiece brought me closer to him! I wish I had attended some of his all night pajama parties here @ Paisley Park! Beautiful place! A must see for fans as well as non fans!
Loved the opportunity to see where an icon lived his life. The studios are very cool. Hopefully someday they will open up the living quarters but if not, it's still an iconic place.
Visiting PP was an amazing experience and dream come true. To be in the place where Prince created his musical masterpieces was a time I will forever cherish and will never forget. PP you are in my heart... to Prince I miss you, love you. You will forever be missed. Your music & legacy will live on forever. Much Love xo
True hardcore fans may be dissappointed but casual observers might still enjoy it. The expertise from the tour guide was lacking and facts often confused. As a musician myself, it was sad and somehow it didn't seem right that these working studios, meticulously designed by the man himself, are now mothballed behind glass forever. I have a hard time believing Tyka Nelson when she said this was his intent all along. He built a working studio only for himself and nobody after him? Tough sell.
Just because it was his personal place to develop his talents and those of others as well. Go and get inspired to do your thing!
Love, love, loved the VIP tour. Our tour guide was the absolute best. I'm looking forward to coming back in the spring.
Paisley Park is just breath taking! My husband and I went for my birthday and we recommend that anyone who loved Prince should see all that he was in Paisley Park. The atmosphere is great and the people are awesome! Cecelia, our personal tour guide, was very knowledgeable and we were intrigued by the info. and artifacts there to be shared with Prince's true family! Prince was an amazing man and musician and he will truly be missed. #ripprince 💜💜💜
If you get a chance to tour, go! It is an incredible experience. There is so much to take in, it's overwhelming. His dove is there! His chefs cook amazing food. So authentic. You feel his creativity everywhere.
Such an amazon home to the man himself! They offer so many different events including a VIP tour which was incredible. To see Princes awards, his office, and Studio B where he made sign of the times left me and my husband speechless .
You can even order some of his favorite food at the end of the tour
If you are a fanatic you'll like seeing the relics and awards on display. The studio and performance spaces are pretty awesome to see but the guide for the most part knew nothing about Prince but what he had probably been coached to tell you. When we were leaving the facility it was not marked as to where you were supposed to go, obviously we went the wrong way because the person outside had a fit on us for no real reason. If I'm spending close to 50 dollars for a tour I expect to be treated a bit better.
As a hardcore Prince fan who lives in the MPLS, it's shocking that I never went to Paisley Park. Unfortunately Prince's tendency to announce one-offs at Paisley Park left me with little time to find sitters, change schedules, or come up with the cash to go. Now that Prince is gone, I decided to pay my respects at Paisley Park.
I partook in the VIP tour, and upon arrival I am greeted by two friendly customer service people and my tour guide. Luckily I was the only one scheduled for the tour which made it less contrived, so the guide didn't have to go into all the specifics with me. We made our way through Paisley Park and I was taken by the dated beauty of the place, as it remains stuck in 1996. But I digress. Paisley Park was truly Prince's inner sanctum, and it is apparent that he embodied all that it was.
However, what makes Paisley Park so magical also makes it a lonesomely sad place to be. Being as private as Prince was, it's painfully hard to see paid tour guides going through a place that he protected so fiercely. Even sadder is how empty and lifeless the place is without Prince, because he WAS Paisley Park. Without him there it is as dead as he is, and towards the end of the tour I just wanted to leave.
The tour was great, and it was terrific seeing where Prince created his legendary art, but honestly it was opened too soon. I do believe that had they waited a few years to open Paisley Park it wouldn't have been so fresh of a loss. Without a will and liquidated assets the taxman and bills need to be paid.
They're lacking immensely in the area of customer service/guest relations. I don't believe I saw a single one of the employees smile. The things they have on display are certainly cool, but I and my family felt like we were an imposition. I would not recommend it for someone looking to have fun. It felt more like a perpetual funeral where we were being scolded like children.
So cool to see where Prince so much time. Great displays of his costumes, guitars and pianos. The Purple Rain Room was my favorite (naturally as I grew up in the 80's) but it also shows how muchmore he was than that. And how he was in other artist's careers. Only did the GA tour this time, but will definitely go back and take the VIP tour next time. A definite must see if you're in the area.
I have LOVED Prince since I was a young child and have had the pleasure of seeing him in concert many times. I've ruined many hairdos and pairs of shoes rocking out like there was no tomorrow. It was very bittersweet to visit Paisley Park in October 2016for the obvious reasons. However, through the tears, I still got the chance to walk down memory lane and reminisce about all the good times I've had being entertained by Prince. I loved being able to see where he created masterpieces that will live on forever.
I took these pics close to a week before the 1 year anniversary of Prince's death :( #rip When will they color some of the exterior #purpleforprince ? Nice location for easy drive by visiting! Hope to come here again and take the indoor tour! Stay tune for pics!
Stopped here to pay my respects to Prince. His family did an excellent job of abiding by Prince's wishes to turn his home into a museum. Very spiritual and emotional moment for me. We will definitely be back for another visit and also to go to a Mall America. If you are a Prince fan like I am I definitely will recommend Paisley Park.
I really enjoyed this tour but I wanted to spend more time there. The tour guide was knowledgeable, a true fan of Prince. I loved seeing all the rooms, the pictures and murals, the costumes, the awards. It would have been better if we could have spent more time, especially in the atrium and the movie rooms. They were constantly showing Prince videos throughout several rooms and I wanted to be able to take more time and watch some of the videos and immerse myself in everything Paisley Park had to offer. I am glad I went, I just would have liked to be able to spend more time. One other issue was that as we were leaving, our friend who had gone ahead of us into the gift shop came back into the lobby to meet up with us. She was jumped on right away by a staff member who was basically accusing her of retrieving her phone and going back into the museum to take pictures. We read all of the literature in advancement and left our phones in our car. I understand the rules but I felt like this was overkill
My Mecca. Excellent behind the scenes tour of Paisley Park. Don't expect to see any private areas. Lots of back stories from the staff. A great place for mega fans or even people with just an interest. Not rushed at all and well worth the price.
This is a great way to pay your respects to Prince and take a look at the lifestyle he created for himself as an artist. Sad but exciting to see at the same time. So many awards, instruments and costumes from his various performances thst you can see up close. Plus Prince tunes on the speakers the whole time so as a fan of his music it was awesome!
Seeing the studio where many Prince proteges recorded and many other artists recorded was inspiring. There are rooms dedicated to each of his albums and the cafe/night club was fascinating to see. An interesting room was the kitchen (closed off by glass walls). Well worth the drive. The most touching to me was the perpetual fence that rotates the gifts and handmade memorabilia left and sent in by fans.
They need help!!!! This place is horrible! The staff is rude and mean mugs. tour guides are super scripted and cold. I am glad I did not pay for this as I would have demanded a refund! The Instruments are not taken care of and the piano is full of the same marks left by the dumb fans jumping on it to take pictures. If it is to last it needs to be preserved and taken care of. Currently it it not!
Very surreal experience. The tour is well worth the cost for VIP. Seeing the doves, his office as he left it and playing ping pong on the very table Prince played on was awesome. Seeing the urn was sobering. During my visit Tyka Nelson and her husband Maurice Phillips were there taking pictures with the visitors. The both of them were so sweet and patient. Awesome experience.
I toured Paisley Park this past weekend. Driving there I was worried I didn't allow myself enough time to get in line. I got there at 3:30pm and my tour started at 3:40pm. The place was well organized. Everyone was so nice. We talked to several security guards who were there when Prince was alive. It's an unforgettable experience! I loved it and will go back again someday
Great experience! Wasn't ready emotionally though. Fantastic things to see. Needs a broader variety of gifts for purchase, like shots glasses and song themed purchase. Also VIP tours need at least another photo opportunity but all around great tour!
The tour was really good and this place is huge . The only downside is after the tour you go to a tent to purchase gift items and it's pricey. for a t-shirt 27$ and a key Chain 15$ not only that, it's hot as hades in the tent. No A/C you would think that they would want you to be more comfortable so you could stay longer and spend more money. ..
I took the VIP tour. I was really nervous from the reviews that I would get a rude tour guide or that I wold be disappointed that I traveled so far just for this one hour tour. However, Mackenzie was great and it was an emotional experience. I am very happy I came and got very emotional when I looked up and saw the remains that I was not expecting to see. It is so fitting for the ashes to be in the home that he loved and the placement was perfect. Maybe one day they will open up the upstairs as I feel like the tour only scratches the surface. The comments i read about the gift are true. The merchandise is poorly made and the selection was not great. However, it did not rain on my parade. I had a great time and anyone who is a real prince fan will enjoy just walking the same halls that Prince did.
I enjoyed taking the your of Pasiley Park. Definitely interesting an something different to do. This tour let's you into the recording studio, sound stage, and other rooms downstairs. Just FYI no bedrooms or anything upstairs is on the tour. No cameras/cell phones allowed. They put your phone in a little pouch that locks and you get it unlocked at the end of the tour. This prevents taking any sneaky shots of the inside. It is kinda nice too to have people actually present and enjoying the experience not through their camera or phone. Food is available at the end of the tour along with a gift shop. I purchased tickets online with a specific time shot a couple weeks before going. They are timed tours. Not sure if you can buy tickets there for the day of or if it's normally sold out but the online process was very easy.
The tour is really interesting. It seems like they are still figuring things out, but there are some really cool memorabilia that is well presented. It certainly gives a feel for what Prince was trying to do there. I particularly enjoyed seeing the room where Prince would have his impromptu late-night concerts.
Pro tips: You need to buy the tickets online before you get there. They will turn you away unless you've pre-purchased. Also seems to be cheaper if you purchase at least a day ahead of time.
VIP tour was worth every penny. Tour guide was great. Some of the workers used to work for Prince when he was alive. At the end we met two gentlemen that were his body guards. Clearly they loved him, miss him dearly, and are there to protect what he has left behind. There is so much that surprised me that I won't mention, as to not ruin it for you. Had chills many times. I would love to visit again. Love that the family honors/respects Prince's privacy and isn't allowing tours through the upstairs, so no bedroom, personal bathroom, or basement. The tour guide said she hadn't even seen these spaces. Not allowed. Respectfully curious and fascinated, would pay $500 to see someday. Security was not a pain, all staff was friendly and courteous. Mentioning this because it's noted in some other reviews. Suggest you buy the book about Paisley Park. It's a great read and describes Prince's mindset in creating Paisley Park. Very little/minor changes were made to Paisley Park to turn it into a museum. Most of the murals were already there. It's a fascinating place.
I took my husband to see this because he is a prince fan he loved it and I learned a lot about prince and have more respect for him and all of what he did. You can't take pictures of the inside and I truly understand why there are things you must see for yourself and not with pictures. The tour guide was amazing he know his stuff and information. VIP tour is the way to go
The most amazing experience. Tour guides have fun and touching personal accounts. Our guide was Tommi, he was a local who spent his whole life as a Prince fan; some of his stories moved me to tears. Every room is filled with magic and beautiful artifacts. The groups are not too large and great because you all have a special connection even though you've never met. People have come from as far as Europe to visit Paisley Park. It's a wonderful tour and a must for your bucket list if you love Prince.
Unbelievably cool! To see and be in the same space that Prince wrote and created his beautiful music is incredible and so very sad at the same time.. What a great loss... but still can feel his presence. I could just imagine him sitting at his piano or in that studio creating and enjoying his talented self. Must see for his fans!
I came all the way here just to be hurt by the non chilant attitude of the staff. I REALLY RESPECT PRINCE. HIS LEGEND. HIS LOVE OF PEOPLE. HIS WARM DEMEANOR. But I am saddened and disappointed of how this place is being handled after his transition😭FOREVER IN MY HEART💔 PP&L.... LONG LIVE PRINCE☔️
A mind blowing experience for any prince or music fan.. the staff here are magnificent and tour guides have all the info you need. I can only hope I get to go back one day.
A wonderful experience! The exhibits are well organized and the staff was respectful. We had the VIP tour. I highly recommend this, we did not feel rushed and our guide Tom was amazing. He was able to share personal stories about his own experiences with Prince. If you are fortunate enough to visit on a day when Prince 's personal chef is there, you must have the pinto bean quesadillas. Overall, Paisley Park is a special place that every Prince fan should visit.
Went there when the purple one was alive for dance parties, and concerts. Been twice since he passed. First time very unorganized and chaotic, but the staff was very empathetic so it was cathartic. The second time, staff was very clinical (all about the $$$$) and our tour guide didn't know the answer to simple questions asked by the group (favorite guitar and piano). Both times I went, you did not learn much about him, which is unfortunate. For die hard fams (
The tour was great had a good guide he was there several times when prince was alive so told us some stories a nice man named Tommie. I only wish we could of saw the room where his outfits were made and his dressing room. I loved how colorful it all was and payed my respects. The doves were cooing for us so that made me feel better being in the same room as him . We were there on October 28th. We tryed the chocolate cake and was really good . Hope to go back some day.
Paisley Park is exquisite. The tour is a little rushed....even with the much more expensive ultimate package. Don't expect to see Prince's living space because you won't, but I actually kind of respect that. My only disappointment was in the camera not being allowed and I didn't discover it until I got home that the Paisley Park coffee mug I got was not purple like it shows on display. The people working the gift shop get it for you from him back and it's all bubble wrapped so I didn't notice until I opened it at home that it was black instead of purple. Pretty disappointed about that one :(
The best experience ever! You have time to read things and watch videos and look at everything there is. The staff is amazing and very friendly! If you don't know much about Prince, you will learn a lot. I'm a ultimate Prince fan so the experience was the best ever! The food was amazing! Getting to walk in Prince's house and to breath his air and see some of his life, I will never forget! I highly recommend you to see Paisley Park!
Order your tickets online to see this wonderful recording studio. We would like to return again to see if any of the displays have changed. No photography of any kind during the tour. Because of this tour I enjoy the music and movies more because of his history found here.
I laughed, I cried, I danced! It was a totally awesome evening! The tour guide was knowledgeable and so nice! I gave only 4 stars because I couldn't capture the moment. You have to give up your phone and cameras before you tour. I totally understand but why not have a photographer. We would pay for pictures! Otherwise, it was an AWESOME experience!
Must do tour if you were ever a fan of Prince or his work. Make sure you book your tour in advance, I did the GA tour but could easily see how the VIP tour is worth it if you are a Prince super fan. While our tour group was a little big, the docents were very knowledgeable and the museum is well put together. Leave your fancy cameras at home, as all phones and smart devices have to be secured in a Yondr pouch during the tour.
Best place I can think of to go. Amazing experience and I can't stop going. It's truly a must have experience for any Prince fan. Beautiful house and amazing look into his life.
Wonderful experience. Much better than the cold, strict website led me to believe. I would recommend the longer tour to gain more time. I'm a pretty fast reader, but I didn't have enough time to read all the placards with their explanations, plus enough time to "soak in" all that surrounded me. Even if one is not a Prince fan, the genius is evident in the building and is impossible not to appreciate such a man and his talents. Go!
pretty cool! worth the trip, just not as worth it as it could have been. no cameras, very restricted tour, rapidly pricey if you want more. worth the time but maybe not the price
All the great reviews don't lie. The price of admission is worth every penny. I only went on the GA tour, but if I ever return I'd probably go for the deluxe tour.
The staff was cool and our tour guide Chad was incredible. You can tell this tour is a labor of love for many and I can't really describe how cool seeing Prince's recording studio is...among other things.
U will like what U see
Wonderful tour. Highlight of my area visit. The complex is both intimate and large. Stands as a fine tribute to the Artist. You can buy food (as well as merch) at end of tour. Menu of his favorites. Wanted the pancakes.
I love Prince! I wanted to drive by for photos. A woman approach us and was not friendly and would not let us stop on the street to take good pictures. I would love to book a visit one day! Rest in Peace Prince!💿🎥🎹🎼🎤🎸
Overall I guess it was cool to see some of his wardrobe and some of his guitars. I suppose it would have been a better tour if the staff wasn't so damn rude. No pictures allowed, and they yelled at an old guy who took a pic in the foyer waiting to get in. The man made him delete the pic while hovering over his shoulder! Ridiculous rule and if my company had not paid for the tour, I would have left.
Fantastic. We splurged for the Ultimate Experience package and it was well worth the money. Tomi was our guide and his tour was fascinating. He shared interesting stories, video and sound clips, and provided experiences that enabled you to feel what it must have been like when Prince was working and living at Paisley Park. We got to go into rooms and see artifacts that other tours did not. Very intimate experience. Highly recommend.
Variety of tours available at various price levels. Lowest price tours gets you in to see the working area and party areas. You can see a lot of Princes musical history. Not as much personal though. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. A must see for Prince fans, but no phones or cameras allowed. You have to buy the tour book to get any memories of the place. Gift shop choices a bit limited though.
Great experience. Went on 3 hour VIP tour. Tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. A must for any Prince fan. Photography not allowed inside :( Vegan meal at end of tour was delicious. And the purple fire hydrant - but of course.
Excellent experience! The staff were very respectful and professional. Jessica was our tour guide and she was awesome. She loved and appreciated PRINCE. This was more than a job to her. As this was a very emotional experience for me, her compassion was appreciated. I will return, by God's grace.
I'm not a huge prince fan so beyond some of the facts given by our tour guide, I didn't feel like I got an in depth history of his life. Some nice comemrative records, outfits and musical instruments on display. There was also some video content of his performances on the property as well as off. There were also various studios where the magic happened. My friend is a huge fan and did the VIP tour and she really enjoyed it. So depending on your love of prince will tell you what you get out of it.
It's simply amazing to be in the place where Prince lived and created most of his hits and even performed there, did music videos and more. It was a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. Lots to see. You can't take pictures inside but the food is good, especially considering that it's a vegan menu and I'm not vegan. The pics I took were outside of the building and along the trail in front were Prince rode his bike. The tunnel is to the right and you can see lots of memorials from fans there as well. It's definitely a place you gotta see for yourself.
Amazing view into Prince's world! Better lighting is needed on some of his awards so they are more easily seen. Loved the concert footage throughout the tour! From a business standpoint, I think it deters people to do the tour when you have to buy tickets at least a day before & pick a specific time. Loved the t-shirt choices! No discussion of his personal life, marriages, death of his child, or circumstances surrounding his death. Overall, a wonderful experience!
Had a blast on the tour with my sister who has been a huge Prince fan since the 80's. It was very thorough and informatve, and just so much fun. It is a very well put together tour. Just a couple minor complaints, it would be nice if the locked pouch they give you for your cellphone had a lanyard so you could carry it around your neck, and the music sample in the studio was too loud. Other than that it was fantastic, just fantastic. I may go back some time and get the premium tour
I just recently visited Paisley Park and enjoyed every second there! The staff and security were great like a big family. I had to wait 3 hours while my husband took his ultimate tour. During that wait the staff made me feel very comfortable! I suggest that if you are a Prince fan, take a tour, it's worth it!!My favorite thing was the after dark party, fun fun fun!!!
This beautiful place is hallowed ground and well worth the trip, even if you're not familiar with this legend's extensive music. I went on a guided VIP tour with Marshall (I think was his name... young man with long hair) and his knowledge, manner and humble respect was extremely impressive, I had an amazing experience. Everyone should make this pilgrimage, but PLEASE be respectful and don't ask any embarrassing, awkward questions about where he was found, the current lawsuits, etc. Just enjoy the man's amazing musical legacy presented here.
Pretty plain looking on the outside but still a fun tour on the inside. We just did the standard tour and was able to see most of the downstairs. Apparently nobody gets to see the private areas upstairs. Most of the rooms are filled with his outfits and memorabilia from both his concerts and his movies. You get to to see some unseen footage from one of his recording sessions as well. All in all, if you are a Prince fan it is a must see.
Loved the tour - well worth the money. You'll see Prince's remains on site (he was cremated) so be ready for that. You'll see his studio, office, areas of relaxation, costumes, and murals. You also get to see his concert hall areas. The gift shop is nice too. The tours are guided, and you can ask questions.
My only complaint is that you can't take pictures, unlike Graceland.
Would recommend if you are a Prince fan, and a rock fan. He was such a talented musician. You can really get a sense of his spirit at Paisley Park.
It was a very good experience. I got to look at a little touch of my idol's life. He impacted so many people from Minnesota's and around the world. People all around the city of Minneapolis would tell me stories about their encounters with Prince. The one thing, I would like to see more of was African Americans employed doing the tours as well as just working behind the scenes. I would really appreciate the tour guide letting customers know how much they have in each area to get the full impact of Prince's brilliance. I even had the privilege to see a letter from the President Obama and Michelle letter of condolences to Prince's family. It is something I would do again. I would also include a tour to First Avenue club.
If you know anything about how important to the world of music Prince was you will love this tour. If you know nothing about Prince you will enjoy it. Something for everyone. We did the VIP tour well worth the money.
The staff was awesome and very fun to be with. We drove over 1000 miles and would do it again.
I didn't know until I arrived for my true reason for the visit. I "thought" it was to see and walk the spaces which Prince last did. But, it wasn't until my viewing of the Super Bowl performance during the tour. ..this is when I knew why. ..this was the way I was given to say goodbye. I had to be in that essence and presence of him. ..for my goodbye to become real. As sad and tearful as the tour was for me, it was the only way my heart can finally process his absence.
I traveled from Atlanta and with this being my first visit to Minneapolis and Chanhassen, it shall forever be my beautiful journey to say goodbye.
Five stars is definitely not enough for this place! You ABSOLUTELY have to go here at least once (I already know that I want to go back for more! ). This is certainly not just a tour. It was definitely an experience that I know I will NEVER forget. I have done many tours and went to quite a few places, but this is now the #1 place for me! This is a MUST SEE for not only Prince fans, but also for music lovers!
The tour was absolutely the highlight of my vacation. We purchased the VIP tickets for $100.00. The next time we will purchase the Ultimate VIP experience tour. The price is totally worth it. You leave with a different feeling; knowing prince as an artist and on an intimate level. Also, please please please order from Princes kitchen. The Pancakes are to die for !!! Be on time and no pics allowed on the tour, only in the gift shop. Over all an awesome experience !!!!
Awesome glimpse into his history. Our tour guide Betsy had a great personality and very knowledgeable. I was only able to do general admission but really felt satisfied with what I was able to see and learn. His urn is there for you to pay your respects. It has an awesome vibe! BTW all souvenirs we bought were good quality.
If you are a true Prince fan you will enjoy visiting Paisley Park. The genius and vision of this revolutionary artist is on full display. So many artifacts from his illustrious life and career are all around, and they truly represent the depth and breadth of his talent. I came from Michigan just to do the Ultimate Tour and I wasn't disappointed at all. I still have chills from walking around the room dedicated to Purple Rain, one of my favorite movies of all time.
We did the Ultimate Experience tour. Very satisfied!! Tomi was our tour guide and he was fantastic. Added a personal touch by telling us his experiences being a lifetime Prince fan. The Purple Rain room was my favorite.
My husband, son and I had our tour of Paisley Park yesterday (9/14) and I already want to go back.
We did the Ultimate tour package and it was nothing less than AMAZING!
Our tour guide, Marshall, had so much information and had all of our questions asked!
What an absolutely amazing and mind blowing experience.
Thank u Marshall and Mitchell (tour manager) for such a great day.
Prince continues to live on in his music and his presence is felt in every room of his property. 💜
We did the VIP experience and it was fantastic. Almost everything is preserved as Prince had it. There are areas that have been redone to honor Prince, but it has been done very tastefully. You can really get a sense of how he lived and how important music and creativity was to him. We went on a Sunday so we got a special brunch prepared for us. It was food that Prince often had his chef make. It was a very moving experience for me. I would recommend a visit to Paisley Park to any Prince fan.
Paisley was amazing. Very thought provoking. Our tour guide, Sara was more than an employee. She was an avid Prince fan which was evident in every word she said and every step she took. And there are a lot of steps so where comfortable shoes. This is an emotional tour. It is moving, it is happy and when you think about why and how he died it is sad. I highly recommend this tour, get the ultimate!!
This is fantastic. At times it feels like Prince will just walk into the room. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. No phones cameras are allowed in. There is an opportunity to buy a flash drive to get pictures taken if you choose to. The tour takes you through the first level, a couple recording studios and a concert hall.
I can't explain what an amazing experience this was. Prince was a great person. Our tour guide Heidi was great. She shared her own personal knowledge and experience with Prince. I will definitely go back. I highly recommend the ultimate experience.
Let's start with WOW! Truly amazing place. First, expect to have your cell phone locked up in a carrying case they give you. You have it unlocked at the end of the tour. The staff was very knowledgeable. We took the VIP tour and it lasted 2 hours. It was not long enough! From seeing his office as it was untouched (make sure to see what he was reading) to the different studios was beyond cool. They have various outfits, cars, pianos, guitars, to hand written song lyrics on display. We actually plan to go back. It is worth every penny if you are a true fan.
It was a great experience of an icon. Honestly loved it from the start. A lot of other reviews bash the security, but i found them extremely nice especially the dude with the gold grill. He was super chill and was extremely kind and funny to my family. The tourguide also knew her stuff, and gave an amazing tour to my family and a group of folks from all around the country.
It's a great guy bringing cool people together
I've had both the standard and Ultimate Experience here. Both were outstanding. On the Ultimate tour, our guide Marshall was very knowledgeable, welcoming and friendly. The tours themselves contained lots of excellent content, all of which was described on their site. No photos nor videos are allowed--you have to leave your electronics and phone in your car, or turn them off and put them in the provided Faraday Cage pouch so you can't use them.
I would highly recommend this for any Prince fan, whether casual or diehard!
This place is magical. Albeit I feel weird entering into his domain uninvited... I am glad I took a visit to see what his world was like and the method to his musicality. I am inspired. Thank you for all you have done.
Absolutely amazing! Worth every penny to tour. You can feel Prince in everything you see. Jason our tour guide was phenomenal. Sitting on some of Prince's furniture was surreal. Prince was an icon, an artist, but he had so much talent and he was such a giving awesome human being. Loved every second of being there. The restaurant every item we had were something that was his favorites and everything was so delicious. If you get a chance please go!
Such a cool experience... so many memories along the fence that lines his house.. that fans left ... there is a tunnel nearby his house of which tons of fans left their memories and love for him..it was really awesome to see... Love prince 💜
Most Awesome! Wish we would have done it long ago! Gave me the realization of how much Prince was a Business man not just a performer, with a vision and never stopped! I never knew Prince built Paisley Park to be a museum one day! He knew how great he was!
Definitely a must-go place for Prince fans and non-fans. A huge, unique and interesting history behind this Great musician and artist.Thanks to our guide tour Corry for the great explanation and good time in the tour! This is the sound of Minneapolis.
Wish I could have visited before he passed away. He was the most talented person ever. I hope and pray that he was a Christian. He was a great person. The Lord truly blessed him.
A must see for Prince fans. We took the basic tour and loved it. If you can afford it, take one of the more comprehensive tours. Either way, you won't be disappointed.
Love love love this place and what was done on this tour! Went to visit my sister, who lives not far from Paisley Park, and we decided to go for tour, as Prince was, is, and will forever be, one of our favorite musicians. The tour did not disappoint! Of course Prince was amazing in all aspects, just wish we could have met him in person and played ping pong. RIP O talented one! Thanks for the memories!!!💓💓💓💓💋💋💋
I'm a Super fan and was not disappointed. The tour consisted of much of the bottom floor and included the recording studios and office. The decor was breathtaking and I was overjoyed to see the Doves were still there. No pictures allowed which I felt was reasonable. Only two complaints, 1 - I didn't actually learn anything from the tour guide, there were moments I had to correct her and 2- The prices in the gift store were eye-watering. Other than that.. keep up the good work
The Ultimate Experience tour is the way to go. It was fantastic. The VIP tour is very good, but I came back for this new tour — and was not disappointed!! The guide, Tomi, was so knowledgeable and took his time showing us around. I think he enjoyed it as much as our group did. I can’t wait to come back again!!
I saved for a whole year to take my friend camera Joan Van Kirk Hathaway cheddar Lays are the VIP tour at Paisley Park after Prince pass hello it is elevator I enjoyed the tour however Tamara accidentally hit the gas of her SUV and said SUV hits the security guards little room if that's what you call it what an a****** he was however security at Paisley Park was appropriately monitored I had to take a picture of the damage so that Tammy could claim it on her insurance and I'm so glad that I maintain my composure because he was yelling at me you need to leave you need to leave now I said dude just wait I got to take a picture took the picture gave back the phone to Tammy so I hope Tammy's vehicle got repaired back to the way she paid for it to be fixed to begin with love Paisley Park love the doves love the living rooms love it love it love i
The VIP tour was incredible! Tomi was an Amazing tour guide! It is obvious he does this out of love. From one fan to another, thank you Tomi for doing what you do!
Do this. There are no excuses to not visit the home of Prince. Awesome tour and the guides are very knowledgeable of everything Prince. You will not be disappointed.
The Ultimate Experience Tour was the best birthday present I may ever receive. Tomi was a perfect tour guide who shared our same love and respect for the artist we all know as Prince. There were several moments when I felt in awe of standing in the place where so much of the best music of my youth was born.
Amazing experience. Awesome to see where Prince worked and learn more about him. Very professional and knowledgeable staff. Well worth the cost of the tour. Would definitely do the top tier tour if I have the chance.
The tour are was amazing! So much history, in such a short amount of time. I would recommend this to any Prince fan. Josh our tour, was off the charts. No photos allowed. Bummer. They lock your phone. Well worth the money :)
It is a true wonderland. As you take the tour and see costumes worn in performances of several of his albums, memories cascade into the mind of his beautiful, fun and moving live appearances. One thing that stands out in my mind is that Prince designed and built PP shortly after Purple Rain became a hit. He was 26 years old. He was a genius on many, many levels. While PP stands as a testament to his legacy, he the man behind it all is sorely missed. Sleep well sweet Prince.
We went on the regular tour of Paisley Park. Our tour guide Tami was amazing! She explained everything to us clearly and loudly enough for everyone to hear. You can tell she is passionate and knowledgeable about Prince's life and career.
The building and all of the decor was fantastic! We were able to see his recording studio, props and outfits from his movies, some of his awards including his Oscar from Purple Rain. The sound stage where he rehearsed and had parties was huge.
The last part of the tour was a smaller room where he would perform for guests, the kitchen, and gift shop. After the tour people can order food that is prepared by Prince's personal chef. We were the only people that stayed to eat. I definitely recommend ordering food. You get to sit in the room where Prince performs and watch a video of him performing in that room. It was awesome!
As a lifelong Prince fan, this was a must-do for me on my recent trip to Minneapolis. I did the VIP tour which was worth the price. It was a deep and thoughtful look into the life of one of my favorite artists, peppered with personal stories by our tour guide, Tomi. Tomi is as passionate about Prince as anyone could be, and is obviously deeply connected to Prince and Paisley Park... I would have enjoyed the tour with any guide, but Tomi really made my experience special.
Prince was a superstar. To see his playground was phenomenal. I do not like the way his guests are treated by security and staff here. We did VIP tour and it was phenomenal! Just expect to be treated like you are trying to get back into the US by the border patrol and your expectations won't be too high! Go with the clothes on your back only and expect to drop $16 on a flash drive on top of the $112 you paid for VIP! Been there, done that, won't go back...
Took the VIP tour. Our very knowledgeable guide (Tomi) made for a memorable time. I enjoyed the tour more than I expected. Would give five stars but it was a bit too pricey.
This had been on my bucket list for awhile...finally went on Mothers Day...a day I will never forget..... Tomi was an excellent tour guide...very passionate about his job and his life with Prince... Next visit I will definitely get the ultimate VIP... The VIP I did do was well worth every penny... And the brunch was amazing....
Had an absolutely amazing experience. Was blessed to have Tomi as a guide. He had the most genuine spirit and amazing stories to share about his personal experiences at Paisley Park. Would def recommend to anyone who loves prince. Completely worth it. Ask for Tomi 💜
I loved this experience. We were skeptical going in because I thought the website where I bought tickets felt like a money grab. We ended up doing the least expensive ticket and found the experience to be amazing. Our tour guide was a young man who was a drummer himself. He did a nice job of explaining everything we encountered. At the risk of sounding a bit weird, I could "feel" the energy in that place. It was truly amazing. From standing in the atrium where Prince spent a lot of time, to standing in the studio where he produced so much music, to walking through the sound stage, we were blown away completely. Prince was eccentric, quiet, private, and unique. He was also one of the best musicians in the world by all metrics. To be allowed in to his private sanctuary is well worth the time and money spent. Why it is not listed on "things to do in the Twin Cities" is beyond me because it is THE thing to do if you are in the area. If you are a fan, this is a must! You will not regret it.
Such a cool experience! I was never a super fan of Prince but I love all types of music so I decided to check it out while in the area, I did the general admission tour and it was worth every penny. The tour guide was great,very informative and willing to answer every question that the group had. The building was beautiful and it was cool to see all the outfits that he wore on stage and in his music videos. I have been listening to Prince in Spotify ever since I left. I will definitely be doing the VIP tour next time I’m in the area.
Just done tour and it was Spectacular!!!
Tommy our guide was very nice and informative. Highly recommend, you will learn things you didn't know about the man and the machine He created.Bring a marker for after tour, There is a bridge across the street from Paisley you can sign the wall in remembrance of him, and go check out Bunkers bar and grill also, he played there for locals. Overall Paisley Park is worth coming for
It was cool. Didn't last long. It is guided. Not like Graceland where you go at your own pace. It's a must see if you are in the area. Can't take pictures. They put phones and smart watches in a pouch. NO kids under 5 at all. Shop at end is expensive.
I wish I could upload pictures but no one can. Absolutely no photos are allowed and they make sure of that by locking your phone up where only they can pry it open at the end of your tour. I will not ruin the tour for anyone all I have to say is, go see it for yourself if you are ever in the area it’s totally worth it. There’s so many surprises and it’s just a very interesting tour in general.
The experience is surreal, wish we could take one pic at least inside residency, but I understand! Prince was a genius! Ahead of his time! He will be missed
Absolutely beautiful! Drove from Atlanta to visit in July for the Ultimate Experience. Very extensive collection of memorabilia, brought back so many memories of growing up and thought of my mother (who was one of Prince’s biggest fans) showing me all of the latest albums, movies and videos and reliving it all over again by seeing the suits, guitars, photos and writings. I like that each room has a video or song playing that is relevant to the room’s theme. Tomi was a kind and knowledgeable guide, very enthusiastic and knew so much! The gift shop, though small, had lots of exciting stuff and I think I took half of it home with me and for my mom to enjoy in Germany! I hope to visit again soon!
The tour was interesting and good, but the only gripe I have was you weren't able to take photos. They tell you to leave your cell phone and smart watch in your car. I know Paisley Park is new at the tour business, and maybe years down the road, they will allow us to take photos for the memories and to show you were actually there. Graceland and many other celebrity type museums allow picture taking. For those who flew into Minneapolis St. Paul airport, there is a gift shop with Prince guitar and pictures.
Wonderfully organized tour! Mine was a perfect, small group of 6, and you don't "run into" any other groups in spaces. I REALLY loved that music from even Prince's first album played as I toured...not just the songs known from the radio...the other songs you know if you are a REAL, TRUE fan of his music. Our guide, Corri, had lots of interesting tidbit info about Prince and staying community-connected through social media. I KNOW I will be going back to Paisley Park in the future-- once is not enough!
It was great being in the creative space seeing where Prince made alot of his famous hits. I now understand why no cameras were allowed inside. Besides the privacy aspect, we would spend more time looking behind a lens to get that perfect picture rather than just enjoying being in the moment to create a new memory
Tour guide looked bored and did not talk very loud. She was knowledgeable and friendly. Tour itself was AWESOME! Pleasantly surprised at everything we saw. If you love Prince, you will love Paisley Park.
Very enjoyable experience. First off, I want to thank the staff for being so wonderful. From the check in when you enter the gate, right through to the end when you walk out the door, they were all very friendly and helpful. The company that runs these tours did a good job finding the right kind of people since they really enhance the experience.
My sister and I did the VIP tour. One of the things we really liked about how things were set up were the rooms with video playing showing the displayed costumes. It was fascinating to see his memorabilia in person and to see where he did a lot of his work. Highlights were playing ping pong in the recording room and getting a chance to record part of one of his songs. Highly recommended.
Our tour guide was fantastic, loaded with personality and passionate about music.
The staff were polite and respectful, neat and tidy.
As a Prince fan I was very surprised at the information I gained from the experience.
Sharing moments of Princes private life and means of relaxation....fascinating Man.
The exhibits were joyful and emotional.
As a musician myself, I was inspired, energized by The Paisley Park complex.
(Something Prince intended of the space)
I passed through the tour very attentively, I don’t believe I took it all in. I will return.
My tour consisted of lovely couples from Texas, Tennessee, Thee lovely ladies from Detroit, a energetic and beautiful group from Washington DC. and entertaining group of ladies from England.
Thanks to everyone, you made the trip magical.
Below is my personal guitar I Built to pay tribute to the man who inspired me to become a musician.
Much, much bigger than I thought. The tour is just long enough. You go from room to room - get 5 min to explore then some talk about what was done there. You'll see the famous guitars and outfits, motorcycles from the film's etc. A great gift shop at the end too. A high-quality tour!
A great and informative tour. You learn so much about the life and artistry of Prince . The atmosphere is fun and peaceful, and our tour guide was so knowledgeable. She was definitely a longtime fan. They require that you put your phone in a locked pouch to keep with you, but you can not use it during the tour. I thought this was a helpful way to become fully immersed in the experience. The gift shop has some fun memorabilia ranging from high to low prices. There are even some vegan treats. We had a great time!
To visit Prince’s recording studio and small venue was great. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour itself is extensive and full of cool memorabilia. The only downside is not being able to take pictures. It’s I suppose it’s truly an experience to share on your own. Prices were okay but more than your average museum. Parking is provided. Remember...no phones.
Better than I could have imagined!!
Our tour guide did an amazing job taking us through Prince's life and achievements in an intimate setting that allowed you to really make a personal connection. It was set up almost exactly how it was when he was there and the tour guide did a great job showing what he had done and what was added/changed since his passing. They did a good job pointing out that Prince had always wanted to turn Paisley Park into a museum and showed what work he had done to put that into place while he was still around. Overall a great experience and a great look into the life of an amazing artist!
Don't think of missing this tour if you have even the slightest appreciation for Prince and his work. Or, if you appreciate music production, ping pong, acoustics, costume design, pop culture, pancakes, nostalgia, older technological relics used in the creation of some of the world's biggest pop music hits, or just really well done museums. 💜
The negative reviews make me sad. We were on hallowed ground. I felt guilty even being there, wondering if Prince would be ok with all this.
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