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Karen Blixen Museum

  • Karen Blixen Museum

    Karen Blixen Museum Photo by National Museums of Kenya

Overview

The house was once owned by the Danish author, Karen Blixen, who together with her Swedish husband, Baron Bror von Blixen, ran a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The house, located 10 km from Nairobi city centre, was the centre piece of the farm and after Karen’s return to Denmark in 1931, it passed through many owners before being bought by the Danish government and presented to the Kenya government in 1964, as an independence gift. In 1985, the movie ‘Out of Africa’, an autobiographical movie about the life of Karen Blixen, was being filmed in Kenya, and the Museums of Kenya acquired the house and opened a Museum in 1986.

Karen Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

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Description

The house was once owned by the Danish author, Karen Blixen, who together with her Swedish husband, Baron Bror von Blixen, ran a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The house, located 10 km from Nairobi city centre, was the centre piece of the farm and after Karen’s return to Denmark in 1931, it passed through many owners before being bought by the Danish government and presented to the Kenya government in 1964, as an independence gift. In 1985, the movie ‘Out of Africa’, an autobiographical movie about the life of Karen Blixen, was being filmed in Kenya, and the Museums of Kenya acquired the house and opened a Museum in 1986. The house gained international fame after the release of the movie, and opens the door to a different time period in the history of Kenya. It was restored to the period of Karen’s occupation of the house, and you will be able to see some of the original furniture that Karen used. You will also be able to see, the Ngong Hills, so beloved to Karen.There is a museum shop, selling handicrafts, posters, postcards, the ‘Out of Africa’ movie and other souvenirs