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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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  • The guide was pushy, obviously soliciting the biggest tip he could garner, even before the tour began. It was a very uncomfortable situation. As for the house--it was attractive. The story behind the ...  more »
  • From the film Out of Africa, it explains all the good Karen did for the community and the actual cause of the fire. The estate is beautiful. All nearby places are called Karen in some way shape or for...  more »
  • Interesting historical and cultural reflection on times in Kenya's past. The homestead is set in wonderful grounds and the museum staff provide a very knowledgeable and personal account of the life of...  more »
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  • What an amazing piece of history Nairobi has. Trully amazing to be able to visit this famous house and see & learn so much of one of the greatest stories. The guides & staff are great & well rounded. Definitely recommend it & a must while in Nairobi. Out of Africa. Now I have to visit her house in Copenhagen.
  • Best thing is you get your own knowledgeable guide. I'd just finished the audio version of the book and our guide covered everything and more. Items sold before she left were donated back as I was curious about the furnishings. Worth the visit
  • My wife enjoyed it, but me and my daughter breezed through. If you are not in to the museum or after you go through the house be sure to take the nature walk which is through thick trees towards the back of the grass on the property. It’s nice.
  • Great place,very serene.The guides are friendly and accomodating.The location is very direct. Photography is only allowed outside the buildings and the place is well maintained. Great venue for weddings too.
  • It's a really natural and real place to be after the movy Out of Africa. An answer to the question of where the name Karen came from
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