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.

 Karen Blixen's rooms and kitchen have been renovated. Furniture that belonged to Karen Blixen and her husband are on display, along with photographs and other items. A bronze cast of Harald Isenstein's bust of Karen Blixen, made in 1935, has been donated by the sculptor's heirs.
The Museum provides guided tours, but visitors can also look round the rooms by themselves by appointment. The Museum does not have a café, but there is a good restaurant in the corner.



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