Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
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  • GlobetrottingSwede
    Paris, France3,934 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but not fantastic
    This museum is of course a must do activity while visiting Nairobi. Every group of visitors gets a guide (student?) who go provides background info and history. Interesting for anyone who has read the book or seen the film, but don’t expect anything fantastic.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Suzanne2303
    Labrador, Australia1,224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for lovers of the movie ‘Out of Africa’
    Everyone gets a guide to take you around the house and yard. I loved the movie Out of Africa’ so was delighted to see the house and other thing sushi as the veranda hand the gramophone. No photos allowed inside unfortunately. I leant that Karen Blixen also wrote Babettes Feast. It was interesting to walk around the garden and to the coffee mill and the hyrax that were living inside! There’s a coffee shop and gift shop here as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Andrea K
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Tour, Except Ticket Purchasing
    It was nice tour, it would make more sense if you have read the book or seen the movie. Well preserved and interesting, with a nice little gift shop. They DO NOT accept USD, Shillings, OR Credit at the ticket counter, though. We had to ask our driver to pay for us and we paid him, which was very uncomfortable. And the gift shop only takes credit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • nickswlon
    Teddington, United Kingdom461 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Oasis - ridiculous payment system.
    I had a wonderful volunteer guide who took me around the house and made for a very pleasant hour or so. It was nice to see where Karen lived and the film was partly filmed here. I’d recommend watching the film again before visiting. As other reviewers have mentioned, the puchase process of tickets is ridiculous. You have to buy them on line (there are no on-site credit card facilities), which is impossible if you don’t have a working SIM as they don’t have wi-fi at the entrance. This needs to be sorted to make this a 5 star visit. The cafe next door does have WiFi but please only use it once you’ve bought a coffee and/or some food.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Avalon_63
    Washington DC, District of Columbia19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!
    Fascinating museum tour. I had a personal tour guide, Alexander who was excellent. The whole experience was well worth the price of admission. Great views of Ngong Hills, really interesting to see the movie props and artifacts. I would have liked to see more of Karen's original artwork, but it's in Denmark. Agree with the comments of others that the entry payment system is crazy ludicrous. I made it in, after maybe 10 minutes of clicking around, a password reset and 2-factor authentification. Nuts, Soviet style!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 4, 2023
  • LovesPhotoOps
    Hoover, Alabama1,133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For fans of the book or movie “Out of Africa”
    We visited the museum as part of a group safari tour. This was the former home of Danish author Baroness Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen, the author of “Out of Africa,” who lived here from 1917 to 1931. Our group requested the docent to give us a quicker-than-usual tour since it was so late. We walked around the front yard looking at the old farm equipment, then we toured the house itself and the separate kitchen, then walked across the grounds out to the large coffee processing machines. Some of the artifacts actually belonged to Karen Blixen, but others are simply from the same period of time. Still, you can imagine what it was like to live here in the time described in “Out of Africa.” We spent 40 minutes here.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 14, 2023
  • neeratraveler
    San Francisco, California217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    The Karen Blixen museum in Nairobi is a must see. She was the author of the book “Out of Africa” - I have seen the movie. She lived here with her husband and part of the beautiful and extensive grounds were also a coffee plantation. We had a wonderful tour. The guide gave us a background about their life and relationship and late her relationship with another man. The tour of the house was very interesting. There is a coffee shop - good for a quick bite.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 30, 2023
  • NoosaKings
    Noosa, Australia397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visitors to the Farm, Karen Blixen's home
    We walked over from our accommodation, also in Karen suburb, but they told us not to walk back, so please be cautious about thefts in this area. The museum is fascinating. No photography is allowed inside. I've read a number of biographies about her life, and that of Finch-Hatton. I always wanted to see the location in person. For a small fee you are allowed entry without a time limit, so after our tour we wandered around the farm grounds and rested under the trees. The lady in the gift shop was lovely to chat to, we are both readers so exchanged quite a few titles to each other for future reading. Most fascinating were Karen's paintings. They are extremely well done. The house itself is lovely with preserved furniture , all the books she's written on display and you can feel a strong presence in the house.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 20, 2024
  • Where_to_travel_next
    Vancouver, Canada6,373 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tourist attraction
    I was not familiar with her so it was interesting to hear her history and impact to Kenya. We toured the grounds where it was a coffee plantation and her home. A large wedding happened to be taking place while we were there. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and encouraged questions. I will have to watch Out of Africa on the plane ride back.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 4, 2024
  • bevmissing
    Swellendam, South Africa21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    High on nostalgia if you have seen Out Of Africa movie
    It certainly was well worth a visit despite struggling to pay to enter because of a stupid system of paying via a QR code reader - which malfunctioned . Not user friendly AT ALL ! The guide was great but turned sullen when she never got a tip ! The entrance fee covered a free guided tour - so the sign said . The museum is well looked after with fresh flowers in all the rooms . I didn’t think the art seller in the garden right next to the house was appropriate - it spoilt the photos
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
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Rihane
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Maybe it’s because I have seen beautiful tea and coffee plantations in East Africa prior to visiting, but I am a huge fan of the Out of Africa movie and found the tour a bit overpriced and disappointing.

The house is quite small and tour in maybe 15-20min and the garden grounds are nothing special. The old coffee machine isn’t there anymore but they have a reproduction dating from the movie filming.

It’s nice but considering how far off the city center it is and value for money, I would not necessarily recommend unless you are already in the area.
Written January 9, 2021
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olafjsy
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I have to admit I am someone who really enjoys seeing inside real peoples' homes. This was great. We had a great guide who really knew his stuff. He knew about the trees and the plants on top of the stuff about the house. It was a good hour or so spent walking around the house and 'feeling' what the house was saying about its history. Having now been there I would be sad if I had visited Kenya and not seen it. I really think it is worth the visit.
Written April 21, 2020
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EBN
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This lovely museum is nestled in the heart of Karen Blixen’s, former 6,000 acres coffee farm. The former farm is now populated with mansions, schools, and restaurants in an area called Karen. The name is befitting.

This is a guided-tour situation. We were greeted by our guide Consolata at the entrance. First stop was the remnant of a tractor that Karen used to drive to check on her farm. After intimating the life of Karen in Kenya on the front lawn, we proceeded to the interior of the house. The mahogany floor is beautifully well preserved. Consolata made sure we spent enough time in each room and took in the history of the place.

Must see when you are in Nairobi.
Written March 5, 2020
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Tish
Nairobi, Kenya97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Tom was an excellent tour guide who talked us through the tour. He started with the background and history, showed us the antique farming equipment (which I was happy to hear was going to be restored, I believe as a gift from the Danish embassy in 2022). We then went through the house, which impressively holds quite a few original pieces from Karen, Baron, and Denys F.H. Afterward he showed us the kitchen, and gave some more information out on the lawn before we saw the coffee machinery. There were of course a few local sellers of art and objects, which we supported, but felt were very overpriced (even for locals). This is always a bit of a downside, as these are things people visiting will want to buy at other places they visit, not at a museum. Very worth experiencing while in Nairobi, and easy to go from here to the giraffes.
Written April 2, 2022
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Fred de Soet
Soest, The Netherlands773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Entrance price might be high, but you will get a personal guide who knows a lot about the house (history), the rooms, paintings and other items.
Photographing inside is not allowed.

Outside is a nice big garden with a LONG "secret" bush trail (entrance: garden backside left side) which will lead you to an unmentioned abandoned old coffee processing station with machines from around 1917!
Written January 7, 2020
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lilitlim
Metro Manila, Philippines13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Our guide had a very pleasant and animated way of telling the story of Karen Blixen. This made the retention level of the facts a bit easier. The house was well preserved, and gave a pretty good idea of what it was like living in colonial Kenya at that time. The tour and place reinforced the image of this courageous and amazing woman who, through her writings, opened up the eyes of the world to this wonderful country.
Written January 6, 2020
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Michelle M
Belchertown, MA118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Karen Blixen Museum is set in her lovely cottage. Having read "Out of Africa" I felt I should see it. She was quite the artist and she did good things for the people in the area - treating their ills and such. Overall, I felt uncomfortable on our tour. We had a lovely young Kenyan man as our guide and it felt awkward that he was lauding this white woman's praises...a white colonialist woman who moved onto the land, had servants, has hides of wild animals as rugs throughout her home and entertained the likes of the Duke of Edinburgh and Marilyn Monroe. It felt like the epitome of white privilege.
Written February 24, 2020
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Dot Njagi
Ethiopia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a must-visit in Nairobi. The guided tour of the Museum is worth every minute to learn the story of Karen Blixen. I visited the museum this month October and Diana our tour guide was very eloquent and narrated the story of Karen from her heart. I have never read nor watched the Out of Africa book and movie (I know; don't make that face) but Diana convinced me to. The view of the Ngong hills is spectacular from the Museum providing the complete visual picture of Karen's boyfriend Finch Hatton burial site. The Museum has been well maintained and there is an art gallery to complement it all. I loved the Coffee lounge right beside the Museum; a very good place for relaxing.
Written October 25, 2022
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Amelia B
Sydney, Australia70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You get to go on a guided tour explaining who Karen Blixen is and all of her history of living in Nairobi. It’s a stunning piece of land well looked after, the house is so old but interesting to walk through, there are lots of original items that belonged to Karen, and where also used as props in the movie “Out of Africa”. Everything in the house had a story behind it. Also has a cute gift shop.
Written February 2, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The museum is basically a beautiful colonial building where Karen Blixen lived transformed into a museum. The history dates back to 1914, during the First World War, when Karen Blixen arrived here from Denmark. At the foot of Ngong Hills, Karen Blixen established herself as a farmer. After she left in 1931, the suburbs retained the commemorative home of Karen, and the Danish government donated the house, and the surrounding land to Kenya after independence. It took around an hour to visit the museum.
Written March 6, 2020
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