Karen Blixen Museum

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  • Address: P.O. Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya
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  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: 254-2882779
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Library, Museums, History Museums, Off Road, Historical Site, Family And Kids
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The Karen Blixen Museum is situated at a distance of 10 km outside the premises of central Nairobi, Kenya. It is topographically situated at the foot of the Ngong Hills, and is the previous African home of Danish writer Karen Blixen, who was acclaimed for her book “Out of Africa”. The book illustrates and narrates incidents from her life, and the history of Kenya and its influences upon her life.  Karen Blixen had lived in this house at a favored location at the edge of Nairobi, and it has now been transformed into a museum in her distinction and honour. Blixen had existed here from 1914 to 1931 and additionally ran a cafe estate on the site. Initially claimed by the Danish government, the house was given to Kenya to commemorate the nation's freedom. The legislature then recreated the house in an endeavor to protect it the way it was when Blixen existed there. Inside, the prestigious and ancient rarities such as a copy of the RCA gramophone on which Blixen might have played Mozart concertos is preserved. Additionally featured is the library of books fitting in with Denys Finch Hatton, who stayed at the house along with the writer from 1926–1931, and a restoration of the first ever kitchen, incorporating a Dove stove which was utilized by Blixen, along with other utensils and kitchenware of the period. Moreover, as the permanent displays upon the grounds of the legacy, other family antiques are preserved and arranged to imitate a cafe manor of the early twentieth century. Tours for experiencing the family history are offered on a constant tourism basis, and a museum shop is also housed which offers handiworks and books.

Get an insight look into the history and the legacy of Kenya at the Karen Blixen Museum by going on a guided tour accompanied by an expert history professional who shares all the ins and outs of the museum by taking the Karen Blixen Museum tickets. While the tickets for the Karen Blixen Museum can be bought from the management, we recommend you to buy tickets for Karen Blixen Museum from the tickets & tours section for a wholesome experience complete with fun and information. Info on the Karan Blixen Museum ticket prices is also available and mind you, they don't weigh more on your budget!

  • Exclusive for organized groups for a minimum of 10 people, a request can now be made through advance bookings for night tours.
  • Discounted joint tickets are available to purchase at Nairobi National Museum that include admission to the Snake Park.

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  • Karen Blixen Museum Address: P.O. Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Karen Blixen Museum Contact Number: 254-2882779
  • Karen Blixen Museum Timing: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm
  • Karen Blixen Museum Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Karen Blixen Museum: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 80.48% of people who visit Nairobi include Karen Blixen Museum in their plan

  • 72.2% of people start their Karen Blixen Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Karen Blixen Museum

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

94.53% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Karen Blixen Museum

People normally club together Giraffe Centre and Kibera while planning their visit to Karen Blixen Museum.

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  • It was so nice to see the place where Karen Blixen lived and where her Coffee farm was! Wonderful house. And great tour guides. Make sure to visit the painters with their beautiful paintings! And take the nature trail in the woods.

  • They have done a lot to recreate the original setup of the home. But it feels like it's a story told from one perspective. I suggest looking out for information from other sources. It will definitely give you a peek into the life of one of the white colonialist settler

  • Interesting place for history lovers. Large ground. The home is relatively small although it must have been large during the 1900s. You will be assigned a guide once you pay the entrance fee and he or she will tour the area with you while explaining some information about Karen Blixen. However since i have googled and obtained information about the place, what was told by the guide can be a repetition. Maybe some may wish to explore the place on their own rather than be assigned a guide - that should be an option.

  • The house is nice and the story of Karen Blixen interesting (I guess even more if you have read the book or seen the movie Out of Africa, which I haven't YET). Our guide, Leonard, was friendly and answered our questions. However 1200Khs for only 30 minutes of tour is a bit overpriced. Don't miss the little nature trail starting behind the house :)

  • Are you looking for a Place to see and learn more about Kenyan Culture and Community - Clan Origins? Then you are best placed when you visit the National Museums of Kenya Nairobi or Karen residences. I have been there several times and I am planning to visit with my Family and see what is new.

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