Karen Blixen Museum is located in Karen area, merely 10 km outside of Nairobi, Kenya, near the Karen Country Club. The museum was set up in 1985 on the Blixen’s coffee farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills and still retains most of its original features.
The colonial farmhouse is indeed well preserved. Much of the original furniture is still preserved in their original state, including kitchen utensils, photographs and original oil portraits painted by Ms. Blixen. Within the compound is a coffee-drying plant and small carriages that were used to ferry coffee to the market.
Briefly, Karen Blixen is the author of the famous book “Out of Africa”, which was made into an Oscar Award-winning film in 1985. She lived in the then M’Bogani House from 1913 to 1931, and her pen name was Isak Dinesen. The house was built by a Swedish settler in 1911 and Karen coffee company took it over in 1913 when Bror Blixen bought the Coffee Company for Karen. Just before the Karen Blixen Museum is the Swedo House that was built in 1912 as the residence for the Swedish manager at the coffee plantation.
Experienced and well-versed guides are available to take visitors through the house, with very detailed explanations about the history of Karen and her life. The Museum is open to the public every day (9.30 am to 6 pm) including weekends and public holidays. Visitors are encouraged to be at the Museum by 5.30 pm. A museum shop offers handicrafts, posters and postcards, the Movie ‘Out of Africa’, books and other Kenyan souvenirs.
The grounds may be rented for:
- Wedding receptions
- Corporate function, and other events.