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“Another enjoyable excursion to pass the time before heading into or home from the bush” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Rd | Langata, Nairobi, Kenya
020- 8002139
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Ranked #9 of 42 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Museums
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Owner description: This is the beautiful farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, lived between 1914 and 1931, until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies.
Columbia, South Carolina
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“Another enjoyable excursion to pass the time before heading into or home from the bush”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

&Beyond took me here after stopping at the Giraffe Center (also reviewed) before my flight home from Nairobi. Admittedly, I am a fan of both Karen Blixen's writing and the film "Out of Africa" so I may be a bit biased but I enjoyed my hour or so here. The museum isn't too expensive (the exchange rate between US dollars and Kenyan shillings being what it is) and the estate itself is beautifully maintained. Learning a bit more about the estate (e.g. how it used to be on the outskirts and now seems to be solidly within Nairobi) as well as see a mix of Blixen's own property and set props was enjoyable. Overall, a restful way to pass the time (and much better than sitting in the Nairobi airport which leaves a little to be desired when compared to Jo-burg's).

Visited August 2012
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“"Out of Africa"-ish”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

As a Dane visiting Kenya I'm kind of obliged to visit the world famous Danish author Karen Blixen's home a little outside Nairobi. Only to learn that half of the content of the house comes the movie "Out of Africa" (Merryl Streep, Robert Redford). And only to realize that I know more about Ms. Blixen's life than the young guides showing us around. The house and the garden are very charming seen from the outside, but inside it's a big disappointment. Even to a Dane.

Visited December 2012
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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“Good but expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a very expensive museum, and it should be noted that most of the things in here are actually props from the movie Out of Africa, not items that belonged to Karen Blixen - those are in the museum in Copenhagen. Having said that, if you want to see her house and see some of the things used in the movie, it is a good place to go - albeit still expensive!

Visited December 2012
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“Karen Blixen Museum Nairobi Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Although the museum was closed we were allowed to get in. A very well informed young man toke us around and gave us the background of the house, Karen Blixen and the life during that period in Nairobi.
We have visited the museum some years ago and still it is a fascinating place to visit. It has really atmosphere.
The museum opens again for visitors mid April

Visited March 2013
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
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“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Visited on a day excursion on a stop-over in Nairobi - well worth the visit! The tour guide was great and the story she spun was fascinating.... although, had I not recently watched 'Out of Africa', some of the romantic draw of the place would have been lost. Watch the movie, read the books, visit the museum. Amazing lady, that Karen Blixen.

Visited February 2013
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