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“An Enjoyable Historical Visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Rd | Langata, Nairobi, Kenya
020- 8002139
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Ranked #10 of 43 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.
Nairobi, Kenya
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“An Enjoyable Historical Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Our second time visiting this museum, and very worthwhile. What made the visit really interesting to us was that the guide, a young lady who certainly knew her history, took us first, before we visited the house, to sit under the trees in the garden, where she gave us a history of Karen Blixen, her life in Kenya, her writing and her painting. This set the context and made the visit much more interesting.

The house itself is beautiful, well kept and is furnished with a mixture of authentic and non-authentic but contemporary pieces. A piece of old Kenya which remains, and which speaks to you.

To note - no photography is permitted inside the house.

Visited January 2014
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“Boring.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Unless you are a fan of Out of Africa, or of Karen Blixen, this was a truly boring bit of our trip. The house is incomplete, and not entirely accessible. There is a small bit of interesting history here, but not worth all of the time the trip requires.

Visited December 2013
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“Out of Africa story”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Karen lived in this house and became museum. It will be interesting to visit if you have seen the movie or read the story book.

Visited December 2013
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“Nice but no gold star”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We visited the Karen Blixen museum as we had some time to spare in Nairobi. The grounds are lovely as is the outside of the house. However, you are accompanied around the house and grounds by a guide who has a set spiel which she stuck to. It is very long winded and unnecessary. A 10 minute visit would be enough!

Visited September 2013
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“Not sure about this one!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Interesting story but not really about African history so if you are visiting Kenya, you can go if you have spare time or if you happen to be in the area or if you love visiting old movie sets (was used in out of Africa I think). Aside from that, I would not recommend this one. Also, I was disappointed to see that the story of Karen Blixen did not seem to have changed the trajectory of the locals in any measurable or positive way. Maybe the guide missed something in his story.

Visited January 2014
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