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Visit Prince’s Hometown of Minneapolis

From Prince's childhood home to First Avenue nightclub and his Paisley Park studios, the Minneapolis area is full of people touched deeply by Prince, and it’s home to countless places and landmarks that connect us to his life. We have curated a glimpse into the history of Prince's adventure here in our great city. Feel free to download, Experience Prince's Minneapolis tour itinerary and take your friends and family on a self-guided exploration of our city, painted in purple.

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Prince's History in Minneapolis

Early Life:

MT. SINAI HOSPITAL (Now the Phillips Eye Institute) - 2215 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis

Birthplace of Prince, June 7, 1958.

JOHN HAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 1014 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis

This particular address no longer exists, but is close to the intersection of North Oak Park Avenue and Penn Avenue North.

BRYANT JUNIOR HIGH (Now Sabathani Community Center) - 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

The school closed in 1978, but currently operates as the Sabathani Community Center.

MINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - 3416 South 4th Avenue, Minneapolis

Prince graduated from Minneapolis Central High School in 1976, which was located on 4th Avenue between 34th Street and 35th Street. The building was closed in 1982 and subsequently demolished.

Musicology:

Sound 80 - 222 South 9th Street, Minneapolis

Largely involved with local artists, the studio is best known for recording portions of Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” in 1974 and Cat Stevens “Izitso” in 1977, as well as demo tapes for Prince’s first album “For You” in 1977.

Capri Theater - 2027 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis

Prince’s career was already moving forward by the time he played the Capri shows—he had signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1976 when he was just 17, and recorded and released his debut "For You" in early 1978. But it wasn’t until the winter of 1979 that Prince formed a band and performed his first solo show. At the Capri, he was joined by childhood friend and former Grand Central and Champagne bandmate André Cymone, Bobby Z, Dez Dickerson, Matt Fink and Gayle Chapman.

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry - 701 North 1st Avenue, Minneapolis

 

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Bands and artists have performed at the nightclub and influenced the Minneapolis music scene from 1970 onward, as exemplified by the silver stars that adorn the black building's exterior (every star has the name of an artist who has played at First Avenue or 7th St Entry). First Avenue also appeared in Prince's 1984 “Purple Rain” and many of the film's music performances take place at the venue. The nightclub has been the starting point for many bands that have come out of Minneapolis including Prince, The Revolution, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Semisonic, Atmosphere, Brother Ali and the Jayhawks, among others.

ALERT: GUIDED TOURS AVAILABLE: Get a behind-the-scenes look at how First Avenue & the 7th St Entry began. During your tour you can expect to step onto our world-renowned stage, check out the “set list wall” backstage, and maybe even hear a few ghost stories. Note: tours are currently sold out but you can place your name on the waiting list

Glam Slam (Now Cowboy Jack's and Shout House Dueling Pianos) - 110 North 5th Street, Minneapolis

In late 1989, Prince opened a nightclub in Minneapolis named after his song “Glam Slam” off the 1988 album “Lovesexy.” After eight years, he sold it to Gilbert Davison, former Prince manager and president of Paisley Park, who renamed it The Quest. The club became one of the premier nightspots in Minneapolis, rivaling First Avenue as a live music venue, before closing in 2006 due to a fire in the club. The building was subsequently reopened as Epic, which closed in 2013, and is currently home to two nightclubs, Cowboy Jack’s and Shout House Dueling Pianos.

Park Avenue United Methodist Church - 3400 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis

This is the church where Prince married his first wife, dancer Mayte Garcia on Feb. 14, 1996. In 1998, Prince announced the couple's divorce and the marriage was annulled on their third wedding anniversary.

Bunkers Bar and Grill - 761 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis

One of the longest-running neighborhood music bars and restaurants in Minneapolis, known for occasional impromptu Prince jam sessions. 

Dakota Jazz Club - 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Prince often frequented this iconic live music venue in downtown Minneapolis. It was also a site of some of his famed “surprise” concerts.

Electric Fetus - 2000 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Prince could often be found exploring both new music and old favorites at this local record store. 

Schmitt Music Mural - South 10th Street, Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis

Prince was photographed standing in front of this iconic mural in downtown Minneapolis at the very beginning of his career. Although Schmitt Music has since moved out of this building, the mural remains intact. The music is from a piano piece written by French composer Maurice Ravel called “Gaspard de la Nuit.” The section depicted on the building comes from the third movement, called “Scarbo.”

'Purple Rain' Movie Sites:

The House From Purple Rain - 3420 Snelling Avenue South, Minneapolis

The house where Prince (“The Kid”) lived in the film "Purple Rain." Less than a year before his death, Prince purchased the house that appeared in Purple Rain - the asking price for the home was $110,000 and in need of significant repairs. Take a look inside the Purple Rain house on the Local Current Blog

Orpheum Theatre - 910 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

 

#Prince at the Orpheum, Feb. 9, 1981. Photo courtesy of Star Tribune. #PurpleRainforever #RIPprince

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This is where the backstage/green room scenes were filmed due to the lack of space in First Avenue. The backstage areas are accessible via public tours led by the Hennepin Theatre Trust.

IDS Center - 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis

Scenes from the movie were filmed on the skyway level of the glass-enclosed Crystal Court in the center of downtown Minneapolis. 

Other Prince Sites:

Mall of America - 5115 West Market, Bloomington, Minnesota

On display at the Hard Rock Café in the Mall of America is the orange suit with “Minneapolis” on the sleeve, worn during his 1987 "Sign o’ the Times" tour. (A photo of Prince wearing the suit is located in the lobby of Aria, 105 North 1st Street, Minneapolis.) The display also includes a purple jacket and a shirt worn by Prince. 

Paisley Park - 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minnesota

Paisley Park Records was Prince’s record label, which was distributed by and funded in part by Warner Bros. Records. It was started in 1985 following the success of the film and album “Purple Rain.” The label shared its name with Prince's recording complex, Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen. Hundreds of musicians have recorded in this space over the past three decades. Paisley Park Records folded in 1994 and Prince continued to live and record at Paisley Park until his death on April 21, 2016.

Calhoun Square - 3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis

The subject of Prince's songs "Uptown" and "Calhoun Square." Check out this live performace of Prince rockin' "Uptown" back in 1982! 

Chanhassen Cinema Mural - 570 Market St, Chanhassen, Minnesota

A 40-foot-high mural of Prince was painted on the outside wall of the Chanhassen, Minn., movie theater in June 2016 by New Zealand artist Graham "Mr. G." Hoete. 

Uptown Mural - 26th Street and Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

In April 2016, Bloomington, Minn.-based artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez painted a mural just over a story high on the side of a building in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis.