Kenya-Karen Blixen Museum

About the place

  • Country : Kenya , Nairobi

  • Address : Karen Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Category : Celebrities Sites

  • Establishing Date : 1912

  • founder : Oak Sigrid

Kenya-Karen Blixen Museum

Overview:

• Karen Blixen Museum is one of the most important tourist attractions in Nairobi. The museum is located 10 kilometres from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.

• The museum is the house in which the Danish writer Karen Blixen lived, who was famous for her writing work, the most famous of which are: Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass.

• The Karen Blixen Museum is located in the Karen suburb near Nairobi, which was owned by the writer Karen, and it was planted with coffee trees, and then sold to a body specialized in converting those lands into a residential area that became a suburb in Nairobi called the Karen suburb.

Historic overview:

• This house was built in 1912 by the Swedish engineer, "Oak Sigrid," and was bought by "Karen Blixen" and her husband, "Baron Brower von Blixen" in 1921.

• "Karen" lived in this house during her stay in Africa during the era of British colonial rule in East Africa from 1917-1931 AD, and set up a farm for coffee trees in that land near her home and she remained there until she returned to her homeland, Denmark in 1931 AD.

• Karen Blixen narrated the story of her life in Africa in her book Out of Africa as well as Shadows on Grass.

• After the writer’s death in 1962 in Denmark, the Danish government donated the house in 1964 and handed it over to the new government in Kenya as a gift of independence.

• The house was opened to the public and tourists in 1986 to become one of the National Museums of Kenya, after the fame of this writer and her novel out of Africa, which was turned into a movie, in which the movie star "Meryl Streep" played the role of the writer, and the cinematographer "Robert Redford" played the role of her friend "Denise Hatton", directed by Sydney Pollack, and the film won an Academy Award in 1985.

• The furniture in this museum belongs to "Karen Blixen" and her husband, and there are some photographs and books of the author and her lover "Dennis Finch Hutton."

Resources:

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