Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi

Currently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
  • Address: P.O. Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: 254-2882779
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Library, Museum, History Museum, Off Road, Historical Site, Family And Kids
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About Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi

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!

Karen Blixen Museum Information

  • 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.

Karen Blixen Museum Ticket Prices

  • Check the Kenya National Musuem Rates pdf  to find out about ticket prices.

How To reach Karen Blixen Museum by Public Transport

  • None. Ask the Museum to call for a taxi.

Restaurants Near Karen Blixen Museum

  • Karen, Art Caffe
  • Artcaffe (Junction)

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  • 95% of people who visit Nairobi include Karen Blixen Museum in their plan

  • 45.96% of people start their Karen Blixen Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

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

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Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • great spot for learning about Karen area and generally Kenya and Africa. cosy place to hang out with friends and family.

  • “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.

  • 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.

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