The Karen Blixen Museum, located 10 km outside of Nairobi, Kenya, "at the foot of the Ngong Hills", is the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her 1937 book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate.
Located in what was then British East Africa, the bungalow-style house which is now the Karen Blixen Museum was built in 1912 by the Swedish engineer Åke Sjögren, The house and its attached property were bought in 1917 by Karen Blixen and her husband, Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke with the intention of operating a coffee plantation. After the Blixens separated in 1921, Karen Blixen continued to live at the house and run the plantation until she returned to Denmark 1931 for good. Her life here is chronicled in her most famous book, Out of Africa, as well as in her book Shadows on the Grass.
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Nigel Griffiths | Oct 11, 2017
Was actually very interesting. You get your own guide who tells you all about Karen & then takes you around her house. We haven't seen 'Out of Africa' the film!! but will now be watching it & now with a new perspective.
Brandon Johnson | Nov 30, 2017
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.
Flavio Glielmi | Jan 30, 2018
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!
Kelvin Mwanza | Feb 14, 2018
great spot for learning about Karen area and generally Kenya and Africa. cosy place to hang out with friends and family.
Somnath Kundu | Aug 5, 2017
“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.
Michael Mwai Mundi, Esq | Apr 4, 2018
Such a lovely place, expansive with well kept lawns for functions and events. The museum is full of gems rich in history.
Amit Sethi | May 6, 2018
Amazing house and land. Every nook has a story associated. The guides do a great job of transporting you to a romantic era. Must visit place in nairobi.
Tom Kency | May 3, 2018
You can access the museum either using Ngong Rd or Langata Rd. If you want to use public means (Matatu) you will take Citti Hoppa number 24 either from Kencom or Ambassador which will charge you less than a dollar (Ksh70). Its located 18KM from Nairobi CBD.
Njeri Macharia | May 23, 2018
The museum is nice. The guides are well informed. However there isnt much else to do. There is the coffee gardens next door
vaghela ashok | May 25, 2018
Located in what was then British East Africa, the bungalow-style house which is now the Karen Blixen Museum was built in 1912 by the Swedish engineer Åke Sjögren, The house and its attached property were bought in 1917 by Karen Blixen and her husband, Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke with the intention of operating a coffee plantation. While she separated from her husband in 1921, After the Blixens separated Karen Blixen continued to live at the house and run the plantation until she returned to Denmark 1931. Her life here is chronicled in her most famous book, Out of Africa, as well as in her book Shadows of the Grass. The house was later donated by the Danish government in 1964 to the new Kenyan government as an independence gift. It was opened to the public in 1986 as one of Kenya's national museums following the popularity of the 1985 movie, Out of Africa. (However, this house was not used for the filming of Out of Africa, as the pictures were taken in her first farmhouse, Mbagathi, nearby, where she lived between 1914 and 1917.) Nowadays the museum is situated in the upscale Nairobi suburb of "Karen," a town that was created by the parcelling out of the coffee farm's land after Blixen's return to Denmark. The Karen Blixen Museum is open every day between 9:30 and 6pm, including on weekends and public holidays. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in continuously offered guided tours of the house, which features rooms designed in both the original decor and with props from the 1985 film. The grounds, which feature original equipment from the coffee farm, are also available for touring. There is also a gift shop. The grounds of the museum are available to rent for weddings, corporate functions, and other events.
Meghana Raja | Jul 12, 2018
Everything here is so well kept and maintained! The guides are so well-informed here. We learned so much and had every one of our random questions answered. It was very cool to see all the artifacts and items left over from her life. Also the grounds are stunningly beautiful.
Rey Ray | Jul 4, 2018
Neat history of Kenya, it's people. .and a great chronology of the arrival of different visitors over a tremendous amount of time! Wonderful representation of the flora and fauna of this great East African country. .. . .and did I add the Art, Culture and.. And the dinosaur skeletons! You just have to visit!
Mick Huerta | Jul 21, 2018
A really enjoyable excursion not so far outside of Nairobi. And a wonderful afternoon sitting in the garden having lunch and sipping Tusker Beer.
Whit Logan | Jul 28, 2018
A must see if you have the time. Very interesting and I suggest watching "Out of Africa" with Streep & Redford before you get here....it will put it in better context for you. 👍🦒🐘🦏🦓
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