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“Nice to see but too expensive” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Rd | Langata, Nairobi, Kenya
020- 8002139
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Ranked #8 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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Nice to see but too expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

It was nice to visit the house of Karen Bixen (it is the original house) with some of furniture from the time (but not all). We had a guided visit which was very informative.

It is however probably too expensive compared to other attractions in Nairobi, like the Giraffe centre or the elephant orphanage, which are much more worthwile.

Visited October 2013
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“A great memorial to times past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

After reading the books and seeing the movie, it was fun to see Karen Blixen's house and hear more of her story. It was worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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“Out of Africa Fans Only”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

If you are a fan of the movie, as I am, you will enjoy seeing this beautiful home and the surrounding property, the price won't matter. The guide was very knowledgable and very friendly. I was sad that I could not take photos of the interior - it forces you to buy postcards or the book at the gift shop. If you are not a fan of the movie or Karen's writings then I think you will be board and think it a waste of money. The gift shop had a great collection of books along with the normal kitch type trinkets.

Visited October 2013
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Cochin
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“WELL PRESERVED”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

While I consider Karen Blixen an over rated writer, the way the museum is preserved and maintained is to be appreciated. The guides are of very high quality and are willing to explain the minutest of the details without any difficulty. The paintings by Karen Blixen are very well maintained. So are the farm equipment used decades back. The kitchen and the menu for the visit of a dignitary are interesting. Of her life history is a tragedy but you do not feel upset by her story because of the excellent surroundings.

Visited October 2013
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“Hardly a Museum!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We were filling time in Nairobi so decided to visit having seen and loved the film Out of Africa. The house and gardens are beautifully kept and our guide was very knowledgable but there was not much to see inside the house and to be honest we were a bit bored as we knew as much about Karen Blixen as the guide did! Rather expensive for 45 minutes which is how long the tour lasts.

Visited September 2013
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