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Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen is located in the outskirts of Nairobi on Karen road about 10 km from the city centre. The museum was built in 1912 by Swedish Engineer Ake Sjogren. Karen and her husband bought the Museum house in 1917 and it become the farm house for their 4500 acre farm, of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming.

The Danish government donated the house and the surrounding land to Kenya after independence. The house was restored by the Danish government, and was used during the filming of “Out of Africa’’ and it was opened to the public in 1986.

A striking feature about Karen Blixen is the beautiful grounds. The house built has a red tile roof and mellow wood paneling in the rooms. When Karen Blixen bought the property, it had 6,000 acres of land but only 600 acres were developed for growing coffee, the rest was retained under natural forest.

Much of the original furniture is on display in the house. A dove stove similar to the one used by Karen Blixen is on display, as are the kitchen utensils .Reconstruction of the coffee factory along with other old machinery is underway. The aim here is to take an individual back in time, and provide a visual impression of each settler life in Kenya.

The museum is an hub of various activities including private parties, research and visitation, from all over the world. The income generated is used to refurbish and maintain Karen Blixen museum and other regional museums.

The Museum is open to the Public every day (9.30 am to 6.00 pm) including weekends and public holidays. Visitors are encouraged to be at the Museum by 5.30.
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