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“A lovely experience”

The Karen Blixen Museum
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Owner description: A historic home, bird sanctuary, park, and museum all in one, located in the house of writer and Nobel Prize finalist Baroness Karen Blixen (in the US and UK, Isak Dinesen), known especially for "Out of Africa" and "Seven Gothic Tales". The museum not only maintains the 17th century house, Blixen's furnishings, and the park, but regularly hosts exhibitions related to Blixen's life and work in Kenya and Denmark. Recent exhibitions have included an exhibition "HER" by internationally acclaimed artist Candice Breitz about Meryl Streep's career.
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A lovely experience”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

It is very easy to get here from Copenhagen. A short train ride and then a 15 minute walk. If you stay on the right side of the road going towards the sea, you will meet a small path, marked by birdhouses. The path leads through a beech forest, with labelled other trees including cherry and maple. You pass by Karen Blixen's grave- which is beneath a beautiful old beech tree. The path takes you to the house arriving from the property itself rather than the public face, which is rather interesting. The shop was very interesting and a small museum- not really much to see,a few artefacts and book collection. The house itself is an exquisite experience. The flower displays are fresh- and the rooms full of resonance. Her office was beautiful. Knowing Kenya and the work of Karen Blixen quite well, I imagined her travelling to this area, from Kenya and thinking about Kenya. I found myself wanting to go back in the winter for some reason. This was a highlight for me- of a week's visit to Denmark. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Probably a good thing to do on your own.

Visited August 2012
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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482 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Historic, "Out of Africa" house -- but the gardens are the delight!”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

The house was claustrophobic, and lacked air -- we couldn't wait to get outside and tour the lovely gardens, stately trees -- and the innovative "bench tour" : every trail bench had a smart-phone-recognizable token that let you hear Karen Blixen's voice describing the view and grounds. Memorable!

Visited July 2012
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Mercersburg, PA
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip from Copenhagen”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

First, you have to want to travel there and it's easier than it appears. Take the train from Central Station to Rungsted Kyst station and it's a 10 minute walk - or take bus no. 388 from the Rungsted station. First take the time to wee the exhibits and storyboards in the museum portion of the building. It helped me understand her life beyond the "Out of Africa" movie. We then had a guided tour of Karen Blixen's home and the guide was very knowledgeable. There are original paintings by Blixen in the home and her portraits of Africans are clearly her best work. When you're done visiting the museum, just walk across the street to the harbor and there are numerous restaurants on the waterfront.

Visited July 2012
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Los Gatos
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“I love her face”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

Out of Africa, is book and movie I knew of but wasn't interested, fortunately the Trip Advisor reviews interested me and we went to Karen Blixen’s home. Her face, her family story and love story you feel you share in this lovely sea side home. The train ride to & from, meeting local people, following a group of tourist, we were so very lucky.

Visited October 2011
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148 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Historic and fascinating - a bit of Streep, a bit of Redford”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

If you have seen the movie, read her books or learned about Karen Blizen her museum is a fascinating place. Located North of Copenhagen, it is situated in beautiful surroundings with the Rungsted Kyst Marina very nearby. Definitely recommended.

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