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A Visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi Kenya

Karen Blixen Museum Karen Blixen Museum is located on Karen road on the outskirts of Nairobi. Set in the leafy suburb of Karen, Karen Blixen Museum rests within 6,000 acres of untouched forest, with only 600 acres developed as coffee plantation. This area is now developed into the modern suburb of Karen.
History: The history of Karen Blixen Museum starts in the year 1914, during the First World War, with the arrival of Karen Blixen from Denmark.

This is basically the farmhouse where Karen Blixen lived from 1914 to 1931. The red tiled house was build in the year 1910 by Swedish Engineer Ake Sjogren and has been preserved as a museum. After several changes of ownership the house was converted into one of the constituent museums of the National Museums of Kenya in 1986.

Facts: Karen Blixen honors the hills with the phrase 'I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills'. The Karen Blixen house meets three of the customary criteria for historical significance. First, it is associated with the broad historical pattern of European settlement and cultivation of East Africa. Second.

It is associated with the life of a person significant to our past as the home of Baroness Karen Blixen from 1917 -1931. Karen Blixen is popularly known for her book "out of Africa" which was published in the late 1930's. Out of Africa: an account of living in glorious Kenya by famous author Karen Blixen was adapted into a movie starring Robert Redford in 1985.

Museum Attractions: The museum has attracted visitors from all over the world, including adoring fans those with a taste for colonial history. The museum transports visitors back to the colonial period, reconstructing the lives of those who inhabited this region of Kenya, with original antique furniture and a re-constructed colonial coffee factory. The house offers the fantastic views of sprawling tropical garden of the nearby Ngong hills.



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» Things to Do: Guided tours are offered continuously. A museum shop offers handicrafts, books and unique artifacts. The grounds of Karen Blixen also serve as a wonderful venue for including private parties, wedding receptions, research, visitation and other events.

Museum Events: For enthusiasts, there are also two working restored steam locomotives kept in the nearby railway workshops, access is not usually a problem, ask the museum curator to arrange a visit during weekdays. One of the steam locomotives usually hauls a tourist excursion from Nairobi to Naivasha on the second Saturday of the month - and all-day outing which is great fun and highly recommended.

Things to Do: Within the museum there is a cafe /restaurant with a large balcony that offers a great and breathtaking jungle view. It also has touristy shops selling local handmade jewellery, African artifacts and souvenir items.

» Museum Timings: Daily 9.30am-6pm

» Admission Fees: 50 KSh for residents, 200 KSh for non residents.

Contact Details:

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Road, Karen,
P.O. Box 40658 - 00100 GPO
Nairobi - Kenya
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