Karen Blixen Museum - Kenya

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Karen Blixen Museum - KenyaKaren Blixen Museum - Kenya

Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (April 17, 1885 – September 7, 1962), was a Danish author ( pen name Isak Dinesen). She wrote works both in Danish and in English. She is best known for Out of Africa which have been adapted into highly acclaimed motion pictures.

In 1914 Karen Dinesen married and the couple to Kenya, where she established and ran a coffee plantation. The Blixens separated in 1921 and were divorced in 1925. During this time she met and fell in love with the English big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton. Hatton died in the airplane crash in 1931. Failure of the coffee plantation forced her return to Denmark, where she stayed for the rest of her life.

Karen Blixen Museum is located on Karen road on the outskirts of Nairobi. The Danish government donated the house, and the surrounding land to Kenya after independence. The house was used during the filming of "Out of Africa". The museum was opened to the public in 1986. Much of the original furniture is on display in the house.

 




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