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Karen Blixen Museum

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Address: Karen Rd | Langata, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number:
+254 20 8002139
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This is the beautiful farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of Out of...

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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A portal into another time

Touring the grounds here is imaging yourself in Karen's shoes in the late 1800's. The "museum" itself isn't particularly noteworthy. Many of displays are replicas or non-historic... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
San Francisco, California
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

karen brixen is located in a serene environment at the heart of nairobi suburb. The food prepared in that place place is not just mouth watering but just on point. I would recommend this place to people goIng for date or couples who have been in relationships.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Touring the grounds here is imaging yourself in Karen's shoes in the late 1800's. The "museum" itself isn't particularly noteworthy. Many of displays are replicas or non-historic. For example, the Out of Africa DVD case was on display. But seeing the house reimagined in the way that it might have been in her day was worth the $12 entry fee... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Awesome for anyone who loves the movie Out of Africa. Professional tour guide, very interesting seeing her artifacts preserved, both inside and outside the structure. Note, no photos allowed inside the museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a good lunch with friends after visiting the Giraffe Center. Caesar salad had too much dressing, which left wilted greens, but the presentation was lovely. Interesting art on exhibit. I bought a brass elephant statue.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I loved the tour from start to finish. We started the tour with sitting under the trees and getting history about Karen and the property. We then took a tour of the house and the grounds. It is really beautiful.

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The movie Out of Africa makes this property seem much more grand. I did the entire tour in about 20 minutes, and that was because I was taking my time. They didn't have change for me at the beginning of the tour, and asked me to come back when I was done. When I came back, she seemed irritated that... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A guide take you through the museum and tell you about the different rooms and the history related to the things on display. The museum also has a nice garden. The guided tour is nice and informative and provide context to what otherwise would have been remembered as a rather limited museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting place to visit. If you are in Nairobi I wouldn't miss it. There is a lot to learn and see at this wonderful house and museum. Karen Blixen was an amazing contributor to the African people and you will learn a lot about her by visiting her home.

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Stubbington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unless you love 'out of africa' take a pass. Although walking through the old house and hearing the story is nice, its nothing special.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are provided with an informative guided visit by volunteers who know a lot about the history of the families and the house. We found it very interesting despite that we knew little about Karen prior to the visit. The setting is lovely and the house itself is interesting to see as it is well set out giving an idea... More 

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