Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
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
Sunday
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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from $95.80
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Tish
Nairobi, Kenya90 contributions
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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Suzanne K
45 contributions
Having read the book and watched the film twice, it was compelling to see Karen Blixen's house. It was enchanting to be in her house and see how large the land area was where she once had a coffee plantation. Her writing helped to bring the magic of the Kenyan people and their country to the world. It is beautiful to experience. I think that is her legacy. A guide takes you around and gives some history.
Written September 20, 2022
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zalishariff
Karachi, Pakistan140 contributions
Karen Blixen Museum has a romantic, mystical and captivating history. Karen Blixen became famous once her book Out of Africa became a major Hollywood movie with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in it. The museum is essentially what was Karen’s home. If you have read the book or even seen the movie, you will of course enjoy the visit more. But nevertheless I highly recommend visiting this Museum if you are in Nairobi, even though it is a fair distance if you are staying downtown. The house itself, its gardens and its grounds are all superbly maintained, and so pleasing to the eye. Young guides rattle off the whole tourist narrative to introduce the place to you through a guided tour. Then you can spend time on your own, sitting on a bench in the grounds and contemplating on the sheer natural beauty all around.
Karen wrote several other books besides Out of Africa, which itself got translated into several languages. But quite disappointingly the gift shop carried just one copy of Out of Africa in English (which I purchased) and none of her other books. This should really be rectified, as after all it’s all about Karen and not buying typical touristy artifacts which you can buy anywhere else. Also, photography inside the house itself is not allowed, and I really don’t know what possible harm this can do. After all if people take photos, then they inevitably post this on social media and the Museum gets enormous free publicity.

Written March 29, 2020
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Rihane
13 contributions
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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Rob
1,013 contributions
Solo
I was looking forward to this and went to.some effort to get there. After paying my entrance fee (1200) I was given an introduction by a guide, at the end of which she told me no photographs are allowed. I therefore declined to go in the museum but didn't get a refund. There is no indication at all at the ticket office that photographs are not allowed. Rip off.
Written January 22, 2022
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_franetemesi
Nairobi, Kenya28 contributions
Despite living within a few kilometres for many years, I had never previously visited. It was more interesting than I had expected! Now run by National Museums of Kenya visitors are first given an informative introduction to who Karen Blixen was while seated in small groups in the garden near some of the original farm machinery used. The knowledgeable guide then takes you around the rooms of the house which are well arranged and not over-cluttered so each item can be clearly observed. Being of a certain age it was interesting to see types of items we remember our grandparents possessing! The garden around the house is expansive and has some interesting old trees including an Orange Champac behind the house and a gnarled, very old, Nandi Flame tree to the right.
Written February 9, 2022
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CGriffin
Hemel Hempstead, UK268 contributions
Couples
You can just turn up and it isnt that busy compared to the other attractions. The entrance fee (less than £10 each) includes a guide which we had dedicated to just the 2 of us. Its well paced and informative, although if you arent familiar with Out of Africa then I think it wouldnt be so enjoyable.
Written September 11, 2022
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LPHDK
Copenhagen, Denmark1,006 contributions
Except for having just about the worst and least informative webpage - and not answering on Messenger it was great when we got there!

Being Danish it is a must...

The price for getting in (I think 1200 schillings for 2) was cheap considering you get your own guide showing you around - this info should be available on the web site, but I could not find it.

We were told about Blixens life there and shown around, and it was really interesting - now I want to buy some of her paitings and watch Out of Africa again...
Written August 26, 2022
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Inam K
Islamabad, Pakistan611 contributions
Family
Located about 10 km from the city centre in Langata ( Karen Road), Nairobi,is the famous Karen Blixen Museum. Initially, part of a huge coffee plantation, it was the former abode of the Danish writer Karen and her Swedish husband Blixen. It is an old colonial Banglow constructed at start of the 20th century,with beautiful greenery all around it. The entrance ticket includes a guided tour of the outer house and living quarters of Karen
Written January 18, 2020
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teddy6180
Los Angeles, CA182 contributions
This museum is actually one of the homes where Karen Blixen has lived before. As a fan of "Out of Africa", the props in the movie are quite on point, down to the fancy wood flooring. Also, we saw the cuckoo clock, typewriter etc. There are many other items of historic artifacts as well, you can easily spend a couple of hours just walking through the rooms and gardens. We enjoyed getting a history lesson from the museum guides. A must see landmark for everyone visiting Nairobi.
Written June 15, 2021
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Karen Blixen Museum (Nairobi) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Karen Blixen Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Karen Blixen Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $95.80, while a popular guided tour starts around $25.00 per person. See all 67 Karen Blixen Museum tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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