Karen Blixen Museum

    Danish author Karen Blixen, best known for penning the book Out of Africa, lived in this house on the outskirts of Nairobi that has now been turned into a museum in her honor. Blixen lived here from 1914 to 1931 and ran a coffee plantation on the site. Originally owned by the Danish government, the house was donated to Kenya to celebrate the country's independence. The government then reconstructed the house in an attempt to preserve it the way it was when Blixen lived there. Inside, you will find such artifacts as a replica of the RCA gramophone on which Blixen would play Mozart concertos; a library of books belonging to Denys Finch Hatton, who lived with the author at the house from 1926–1931; and a restoration of the original kitchen, including a Dove stove like the one Blixen used and period silverware. Also on view are the grounds of the estate, meant to emulate a coffee plantation in the early 20th century. Stories of the local people and their Culture Maassais, Kikuyus, and Kambaa among others.

Tours of the estate are offered on a continual basis, and a museum shop offers handicrafts and books.

Museum Hours & Admission

   The Museum is open daily from 8:30 am to 6 pm. Admission is Ksh 1200 and Ksh 600 for children under sixteen years of age (prices are less for residents).