MEDIA ALERT: 'Purple Rain' Motorcycle Rolls into History Center Today

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 24, 2019
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org or Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT: 'Purple Rain' Motorcycle Rolls into History Center Today

What: A partially original, partially recreated "Purple Rain" motorcycle will be on display in the lobby of the History Center for fans to enjoy. 
When: Tuesday, Sept. 23 - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
Cost: Free. Museum admission is free Tuesdays, 3 to 8 p.m. Regular museum admission is $6-12. 
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul 

Fans can get an up-close view of a motorcycle that was constructed, at least in part, for the movie "Purple Rain." The motorcycle is owned by First Avenue and includes one of three original fairings (the front part of the bike with the lights and windshield) created to be used in the movie. The rest of the bike is a replica. 

Fans can also view the new exhibit, "Prince: Before the Rain," which showcases 50 digital prints of Prince as a rising star in the late 1970s and early 1980s taken by his personal photographer, Allen Beaulieu. For even more Prince (including the purple suit), visit the neighboring "First Avenue" exhibit.

Then on Oct. 1, join Allen Beaulieu, Dez Dickerson and DJ Kevin Cole as they discuss Prince's early career and the emerging R&B, punk, and New Wave scene of the time. This program is free. More info