Karen Blixen Museum was built as a residential house by Swedish Engineers and in 1917, Karen Blixen together with her husband (Boron Bror) bought it. She lived in this house until when she return to Denmark in 1921. Karen, the area where the museum is was not named after her as many people assume, but it was named after her cousin Melchior Karen. All through her life in this magnificent bungalow, she managed the vast land of coffee till her return to Denmark.

The house was presented to Kenya by the Danish Government as independence present, along with the agricultural college built on the grounds. It is beautiful, well proportioned home with square, wood-paneled rooms. The restoration of its original appearance and furnishings has evidently been very thorough and the gardens, laid out as in former times are delightful. A guided tour included in the price but can be somewhat rushed, especially at weekends, and there is no guarantee that they will let you wander around on your own.
Getting to the Karen Blixen Museum is very easy. You need to get to Kencom, a famous bus station in Nairobi. You will have to board bus number 24 which will drop you on Karen Road and you will be able to see Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is opened on week days and weekends from 9:30am to 6.00 p.m.


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