The “Today” Show’s Al Roker took viewers on an exclusive tour of Prince’s Paisley Park ahead of its official opening to the public on Thursday.
Viewers got to see inside the control room of the facility’s Studio A, where the late singer’s handwritten notes could be seen along with his keyboard and guitars. He was using Studio A to record a jazz album that will be released in the coming months.
In the Purple Rain room, visitors will see the script, guitar, and one of the motorcycles Prince rode in the movie.
A number of Prince’s outfits are also on display, all of which were custom made, said Paisley Park’s archivist, Angie Marchese.
“He was a very tiny guy, which actually brings us to very unique and unusual circumstances, sometimes finding mannequins properly sized to be able to display the clothing,” she said.
“Because like the Purple Rain outfits that you’ll see here, Prince had a 22 and a half inch waist at the time, in 1984.”
Al was joined on the tour by two of Prince’s sisters, Norrine and Sharon Nelson, who said their brother’s energy and spirit could definitely be felt in the exhibit, which they described as a good representation of his legacy.
“It is, and he did plan it to be a museum. Everything is strategically placed,” Sharon Nelson said. “And when the fans come in they’ll see that it is.”
Norrine Nelson added: “It’s truly Prince. He thought all this through. He had a vision and he finished it.”
Later, during a live interview with Prince’s younger sister, Tyka Nelson confirmed that her brother had planned out much of what the museum looks like. She said she hopes guests will experience something personal during their visit.
“I want them to maybe feel like maybe they saw Prince up close,” she said. “Sometimes when you’re a fan, you get to only to see them from a seat, but this way, you’re almost face-to-face with him.”
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