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Karen Blixen Museum

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altKaren Blixen was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She is best known by Out of Africa , her account of living in Kenya which inspired an Oscar winning film of the same name. The museum was set up in 1985 in M'Bogani House which was  the main building of Karen Blixen's coffee farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Blixens moved to M'Bogani House in 1917, having spent their first years in Africa at the smaller farm of M'Bagathi.

M'Bogani House was built by the Swedish settler Åke Sjögren in 1911, and taken over by Karen Coffee Company in 1916. In 1931 it was sold at auction. The Danish state purchased it in 1963, at which time the house had been empty for a few years. In 1963, following Kenyan independence from British rule, Denmark donated the building and 36 acres of surrounding land to the National Museums of Kenya. The museum is situated in the suburb of Karen, an upscale residential area of Nairobi and a short drive from the city centre.
Apart from the farmhouse itself, M'Bogani House, now Karen Blixen Museum and retains much of its original furniture and items of interest. There is a kitchen in a separate building and a coffee-drying plant in the woodland.

 

Nairobi National Museum

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Nairobi National MuseumNairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi city centre accessible both by public and private transport. Nairobi National Museum is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in city centre. First built in 1929, over 3 years from 2005 the museum was renovated and expanded and reopened on 31st March 2008. 

The renovation turned Nairobi National Museum into a modern centre dotted with a feeling of heritage, culture, arts and crafts. It now houses a world class Coffee Lounge, Gift and Book shops and the galleries set up is simply incredible.

 National Museums of Kenya celebrates collections of Kenya's History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art. It aims  to interpret Kenya's rich heritage and offers a one stop for visitors to sample the country's rich heritage both for education and leisure. NNM exhibits fossils excavated within Rift valleys, which is believed to be the origin of human kind. The Kenya National Museum also displays a variety of stuffed bird species and displays diverse Kenyan culture.

 


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