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Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi

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Famed as the real-life setting of the classic memoir "Out of Africa," Karen Blixen Museum stands frozen in time, a monument to the life and times of the late author. Danish author Karen Blixen lived here from 1913 to 1931, running the property as a vast coffee plantation, from which she took inspiration for her writing upon returning to Denmark. Delve into Blixen's life and times with a guided tour of the house, where many of the rooms feature original decor and props from the book's 1985 movie adaptation. Plan your Karen Blixen Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nairobi using our Nairobi attractions planner.
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  • When you visit this place you have to put yourself in the shoes of a lone white woman and you’ll appreciate the history and what she’s done in Africa. Watch the movie Out of Africa or read the book pr...  more »
  • We had a very interesting tour of the House. To our questions was answered competently.
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  • if you have not, do not bother, you will not value it. Unless you intend to read the book, you will never value it high enough. I have been there twice and loved it. The look of Ngong Hills from Karen...  more »
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  • “A piece of Colonial History” We knew about Karen Blixen. We heard about the book "out of Africa". My brother told us to read it before reaching Kenya, but had not got chance of reading it, before coming to Kenya. So thought about spending some time over there at her house in Nairobi. The entrance fee is bit stiff but a guide comes along with that, these are local students and are knowledgeable. We had a nice young girl with us who took us around and provided a good account of the life of Karen Blixen. It is interesting to imagine the life and time of her. Ms. Blixen sold of the house and left the country. The house was bought back in 1964 by the Danish government, fully restored, created the atmosphere of her time and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift. We enjoyed the entire compound, the house, out house and the the defunct coffee factory in the other side. The ambience will take you back to almost 100 years. Best to enjoy leisurely.
  • Perfect place for 'Out of Africa' Liverpool. Nice gardens and interesting interiors. M. Streep and R. Redford's costumes! 😀
  • Simply amazing museum to be. It gives you a touch of the finest old artifacts used by Karen Blixen. Nice destination to unwind from city bustle and to bond with your family
  • Beautifull natural well maintained venue. Good for garden wedding and such like events
  • It's a bit pricey but worth it if you are into history. If you have watched or read "Out of Africa", you'll find the place even more fascinating. They assign you a guide, who would let you know more about the story of the place. You also get to see an amazing sight of windmills spinning on the top of Ngong hills.

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