When news broke that Prince's residence and recording studio complex Paisley Park was to be turned into a museum - and indeed, opening to the public next month - it divided fans of the musician.
While most were delighted that they'd finally get a chance to look around the rooms and studios that Prince recorded some of his most famous music, others felt that it was too soon to do so, just six months after his death.
However, reports are now suggesting that Prince always intended for Paisley Park to be opened to the public, and that he left 'meticulous instructions' on how it should be planned. An anonymous source told Rolling Stone: "We’re seeing e-mails he sent four months before his death that say how he wanted it. He wasn’t foreshadowing anything. [But] he always wanted his fans to come here. He left us a big road map.”
At the moment, Prince's private apartment and his infamous vault of unreleased music will not be part of the tour - but fans will be able to explore 12 rooms of the complex when it opens on October 6th, each one representing an era of his life. Instruments, costumes and previously unseen concert footage will also be on display, while there are plans to eventually re-open the nightclub and soundstage that he hosted so many of his famous gigs/parties on.