Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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This is the beautiful farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, lived between 1914 and 1931, until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies.
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  • GlobetrottingSwede
    Paris, France3,934 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but not fantastic
    This museum is of course a must do activity while visiting Nairobi. Every group of visitors gets a guide (student?) who go provides background info and history. Interesting for anyone who has read the book or seen the film, but don’t expect anything fantastic.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Suzanne2303
    Labrador, Australia1,224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for lovers of the movie ‘Out of Africa’
    Everyone gets a guide to take you around the house and yard. I loved the movie Out of Africa’ so was delighted to see the house and other thing sushi as the veranda hand the gramophone. No photos allowed inside unfortunately. I leant that Karen Blixen also wrote Babettes Feast. It was interesting to walk around the garden and to the coffee mill and the hyrax that were living inside! There’s a coffee shop and gift shop here as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Andrea K
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Tour, Except Ticket Purchasing
    It was nice tour, it would make more sense if you have read the book or seen the movie. Well preserved and interesting, with a nice little gift shop. They DO NOT accept USD, Shillings, OR Credit at the ticket counter, though. We had to ask our driver to pay for us and we paid him, which was very uncomfortable. And the gift shop only takes credit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • nickswlon
    Teddington, United Kingdom461 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Oasis - ridiculous payment system.
    I had a wonderful volunteer guide who took me around the house and made for a very pleasant hour or so. It was nice to see where Karen lived and the film was partly filmed here. I’d recommend watching the film again before visiting. As other reviewers have mentioned, the puchase process of tickets is ridiculous. You have to buy them on line (there are no on-site credit card facilities), which is impossible if you don’t have a working SIM as they don’t have wi-fi at the entrance. This needs to be sorted to make this a 5 star visit. The cafe next door does have WiFi but please only use it once you’ve bought a coffee and/or some food.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Avalon_63
    Washington DC, District of Columbia19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!
    Fascinating museum tour. I had a personal tour guide, Alexander who was excellent. The whole experience was well worth the price of admission. Great views of Ngong Hills, really interesting to see the movie props and artifacts. I would have liked to see more of Karen's original artwork, but it's in Denmark. Agree with the comments of others that the entry payment system is crazy ludicrous. I made it in, after maybe 10 minutes of clicking around, a password reset and 2-factor authentification. Nuts, Soviet style!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 November 2023
  • LovesPhotoOps
    Hoover, Alabama1,133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For fans of the book or movie “Out of Africa”
    We visited the museum as part of a group safari tour. This was the former home of Danish author Baroness Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen, the author of “Out of Africa,” who lived here from 1917 to 1931. Our group requested the docent to give us a quicker-than-usual tour since it was so late. We walked around the front yard looking at the old farm equipment, then we toured the house itself and the separate kitchen, then walked across the grounds out to the large coffee processing machines. Some of the artifacts actually belonged to Karen Blixen, but others are simply from the same period of time. Still, you can imagine what it was like to live here in the time described in “Out of Africa.” We spent 40 minutes here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 November 2023
  • neeratraveler
    San Francisco, California217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    The Karen Blixen museum in Nairobi is a must see. She was the author of the book “Out of Africa” - I have seen the movie. She lived here with her husband and part of the beautiful and extensive grounds were also a coffee plantation. We had a wonderful tour. The guide gave us a background about their life and relationship and late her relationship with another man. The tour of the house was very interesting. There is a coffee shop - good for a quick bite.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 November 2023
  • NoosaKings
    Noosa, Australia397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visitors to the Farm, Karen Blixen's home
    We walked over from our accommodation, also in Karen suburb, but they told us not to walk back, so please be cautious about thefts in this area. The museum is fascinating. No photography is allowed inside. I've read a number of biographies about her life, and that of Finch-Hatton. I always wanted to see the location in person. For a small fee you are allowed entry without a time limit, so after our tour we wandered around the farm grounds and rested under the trees. The lady in the gift shop was lovely to chat to, we are both readers so exchanged quite a few titles to each other for future reading. Most fascinating were Karen's paintings. They are extremely well done. The house itself is lovely with preserved furniture , all the books she's written on display and you can feel a strong presence in the house.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Where_to_travel_next
    Vancouver, Canada6,353 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tourist attraction
    I was not familiar with her so it was interesting to hear her history and impact to Kenya. We toured the grounds where it was a coffee plantation and her home. A large wedding happened to be taking place while we were there. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and encouraged questions. I will have to watch Out of Africa on the plane ride back.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 February 2024
  • bevmissing
    Swellendam, South Africa21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    High on nostalgia if you have seen Out Of Africa movie
    It certainly was well worth a visit despite struggling to pay to enter because of a stupid system of paying via a QR code reader - which malfunctioned . Not user friendly AT ALL ! The guide was great but turned sullen when she never got a tip ! The entrance fee covered a free guided tour - so the sign said . The museum is well looked after with fresh flowers in all the rooms . I didn’t think the art seller in the garden right next to the house was appropriate - it spoilt the photos
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
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Fairy32
Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Took my 9 year old son to the museum, after seeing a few days of animals wanted to do something different. The registration process was ridiculous to do it online with a passport number to which I said I don’t have mine - so they took cash!! Could have saved me a few minutes from the outset.
It was lovely to sit and listen to the details of her life and then go into the house. There could have been more written down for us to read at our leisure and enjoy the space.
Written 12 April 2024
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Keith W
The Hague, The Netherlands75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The coffee shop was wonderful - but entry to the house required uploading passport and other details. Made a special trip to see it - ended up not. Very disappointed.
Written 23 March 2024
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bevmissing
Swellendam, South Africa21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It certainly was well worth a visit despite struggling to pay to enter because of a stupid system of paying via a QR code reader - which malfunctioned . Not user friendly AT ALL !
The guide was great but turned sullen when she never got a tip ! The entrance fee covered a free guided tour - so the sign said .
The museum is well looked after with fresh flowers in all the rooms . I didn’t think the art seller in the garden right next to the house was appropriate - it spoilt the photos
Written 21 March 2024
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Anne R
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Really enjoyed the Karen Blixen museum, especially due to our guide, Leah! Leah provided a very detailed tour of all areas of the house and yard.
Written 9 March 2024
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Susan A
San Francisco, CA51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We tried to go to the museum but after 20 minutes of trying to buy tickets on the required ecitizen app, we gave up. You can't buy a ticket with cash or credit card. You must use the app. I had already registered with ecitizen for my Sheldrick Nursery tickets but still was unable to buy tickets even with the help of the ticket people at the museum. The wifi is terrible. Other people tried and left too. It's just outrageous that you can't buy tickets with a credit card and are dependent on crappy wifi. I hope the government changes that. We were really sorry to miss it, but the experience of trying to get in was completely unacceptable. If you want to go, get tickets in advance when you have good wifi.
Written 20 February 2024
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helge
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon in the peaceful garden. Our drinks were delicious and refreshing… but most of all we appreciated the excellent service of our waitress Stephanie, who was so kind to visit with us and answer some of our questions about this beautiful place and her wonderful country… thank you!
Helge (Danmark) and Esther (United States).
Written 9 February 2024
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Where_to_travel_next
Vancouver, Canada6,353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I was not familiar with her so it was interesting to hear her history and impact to Kenya. We toured the grounds where it was a coffee plantation and her home. A large wedding happened to be taking place while we were there. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and encouraged questions. I will have to watch Out of Africa on the plane ride back.
Written 4 February 2024
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NoosaKings
Noosa, Australia397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We walked over from our accommodation, also in Karen suburb, but they told us not to walk back, so please be cautious about thefts in this area. The museum is fascinating. No photography is allowed inside. I've read a number of biographies about her life, and that of Finch-Hatton. I always wanted to see the location in person. For a small fee you are allowed entry without a time limit, so after our tour we wandered around the farm grounds and rested under the trees. The lady in the gift shop was lovely to chat to, we are both readers so exchanged quite a few titles to each other for future reading. Most fascinating were Karen's paintings. They are extremely well done. The house itself is lovely with preserved furniture , all the books she's written on display and you can feel a strong presence in the house.
Written 20 January 2024
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Jack L
Los Angeles, CA199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We learned so much on this visit, and we appreciated the opportunity. The museum was well organized and we had a very good guide. A very good experience.
Written 31 December 2023
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neeratraveler
San Francisco, CA217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Karen Blixen museum in Nairobi is a must see. She was the author of the book “Out of Africa” - I have seen the movie. She lived here with her husband and part of the beautiful and extensive grounds were also a coffee plantation.

We had a wonderful tour. The guide gave us a background about their life and relationship and late her relationship with another man. The tour of the house was very interesting.

There is a coffee shop - good for a quick bite.
Written 1 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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