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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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  • If your vision of Karen Blixen was formed by the movie, you are in for a shock! Still, the house is beautifully maintained, the guides interesting and it's easy to feel Karen's ghost here, especially ...  more »
  • In a lovely setting and with a wonderful, but ultimately sad, story to relive from your experience here. Guides do an excellent job conveying background and history of life at the time it was a reside...  more »
  • Very interesting visit. Guide was Interesting and knowledgeable. Karen Blixen was an interesting and talented lady and the setting of the house is breath taking. The linkage to the movie Out of Africa...  more »
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  • If you have read or watched Out of Africa, it's worth a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum at least once. You will receive a guided tour from a knowledgeable guide and get in-depth information about the house and the grounds. The landscaping is pleasant and there is a nice walking trail in the woods. The interior of the house is set up to replicate the way that it looked when Karen lived there. The gift shop is nothing special and over-priced compared to other local vendors.
  • Such a lovely place, expansive with well kept lawns for functions and events. The museum is full of gems rich in history.
  • We asked to go in but 12€ It was enough for us (we were about to depart with not much money). So we rested one hour outside the Park, in front of the house, and none says nothing to us. After One hour a Guardian (female, Little oversized) said to us that if we not pay the ticket , we Will not able to go away (as a menace, prisonners). After ten minute we explained that we rested outside the Park house, in wide space and in front all the staff without none says nothing, She asked 10€ kes ti let leave us away (but without pay the ticket, ad a corruption) Be aware!
  • “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.
  • great spot for learning about Karen area and generally Kenya and Africa. cosy place to hang out with friends and family.
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