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“Fabulous history lesson!”

Karen Blixen Museum
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Ranked #6 of 124 things to do in Nairobi
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous history lesson!”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Well informed tour of the grounds with an added history lesson of Karen Blixen. Made me want to re-watch the movie "Out of Africa" when I returned. Grounds are magnificent, and staff was friendly and helpful.

Visited October 2013
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Stavanger, Norway
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“A "must visit" in Nairobi”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

It is always nice to visit Karen Blixe Museum. The sorrunding grounds are nice with flowers and blooming bushes. The guide we had was good and this is a big part of the forming of Kenya and an interesting periode of Kenyan history. Karen Blixen was a great woman!

Visited October 2013
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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Way better than expected”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Beautifully preserved and well guided tour of an iconic and spectacular house from the turn of last century.
I don't gush often but this was breathtaking. Can't believe people could put such a house together at that time and location.
Highly recommended

Visited September 2013
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Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Very interesting...”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Knowledgeable guide will talk about Karen's life and show you the grounds and house. No pics allowed inside the house though.

Visited October 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Ok place. Feel free to give it a miss.”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

So Karen was this poor little rich girl who came to Nairobi with her Danish husband. Had an affair with a British guy, and went back after 16 years, during which time she set up a school and taught some of the neighborhood children.
Now, I am not undermining what she did, but having seen similar stories in so many emerging markets I really didn't get what the big deal about her achievements was.
And the museum is basically one of the houses she lived in. It's ok. Not remarkable.
It costs 600 Kenya Shillings for residents and double that for foreigners. This includes a free guide who walks you around the place giving descriptions of the place.

Visited October 2013
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