Karen Blixen Museum

Category: Nairobi Day Excursions                     Duration: Half Day

Karen Blixen Museum

Day 1: Day Trip:

Take a drive towards the Ngong Hills at the foot of Masai Land and visit the Karen Blixen Museum where Karen spent most of her life. Continue with the Safari and visit the Giraffe Centre where you will have a chance of seeing and feeding the famous Rothschild Giraffe, followed by afternoon tea. This museum was originally the home of Karen Blixen, who came to Kenya from Denmark in the early part of this century; the present museum site is at the heart of the larger coffee plantation run by Blixen between 1914 and 1931.

The house and surrounding land was donated by the Danish government to Kenya at independence; the house was restored by the Danish government and was used during the filming of Out of Africa, which immortalised Karen Blixen's book by the same name. The Museum was opened to the public in 1986. Much of the original furniture is on display in the house, and combined with the beautifully landscaped gardens and encompassing view of the Ngong Hills, the Museum has continued to be very popular destination for international and local visitors .The original kitchen has been restored and is now open for viewing. A Dove Stove similar to the one us ed by Blixen is on display, as are other period kitchen utensils. Reconstruction of the coffee factory as an additional attraction is underway and other early farm machinery is also on display, depicting the early settler life in Kenya.


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