The Karen Blixen Museum

The Karen Blixen Museum, Rungsted: Hours, Address, The Karen Blixen Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Karen Blixen Museum
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A historic home, bird sanctuary, park, and museum all in one, located in the house of writer and Nobel Prize finalist Baroness Karen Blixen (in the US and UK, Isak Dinesen), known especially for "Out of Africa" and "Seven Gothic Tales". The museum not only maintains the 17th century house, Blixen's furnishings, and the park, but regularly hosts exhibitions related to Blixen's life and work in Kenya and Denmark. Recent exhibitions have included an exhibition "HER" by internationally acclaimed artist Candice Breitz about Meryl Streep's career.
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Jaca, Aragon, Spain267 contributions
Mar 2022
There are some great comments recommending this museum. I think it is well worth the visit if you are interested in late 19th and early 20h Century Danish history (including the way of life and interior decorating), writers and reading, women who lived interesting and unusual lives, or Africa. The museum is at the home of Karen Blixen, a famous personality and author who lived in colonial Kenya. I took the train from Copenhagen (I went from Nørrebro station) to Rungsted Kyst Station, and then walked. It is only about a 1 kilometre walk. You can go various ways following footpaths through woods. One person who left a review thought the trail was poorly marked, which it is, but that adds to the charm. I prefer walking on a trail without signs every minute. I posted both routes I took on . Go there and search Rungsted Kyst Karen Blixen museum, and you will probably find them. The hardest aspect of going by train for me was understanding what I was buying, because the train ticket machines were mainly in Danish even if you selected English.
Written 24 March 2022
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Ireland37,635 contributions
Oct 2021
We made our way through the pleasant grounds to see Karen’s final resting place under a great tree at the foot of Ewald’s Hill.

A superb house-museum in peaceful grounds adjacent to the sea, it portrays wonderfully the full life of the famous Danish woman. From her youth when she longed to escape the restrictions society of the time placed on young women, exacerbated by the tragic death of her father when she was only nine years, to her years of fame as a writer.

In the fine comfortable manor house, to which she returned after seventeen years as a farmer in Africa, and where she spent the last thirty years of her life, all aspects of her full life are displayed.

Lovely living rooms, dining room where she loved to entertain many guests to fine dining, and her working writing room are beautifully shown. All to the accompaniment of grand classical music and jazz, for which she was a passionate devotee.

Many photographs portray her fame as a writer, socialising with John Gielgud who played Hamlet in Kronborg and with Marilyn Munroe and her then husband Arthur Miller.

She was also a talented painter and many of her pieces are exhibited throughout. Her portrait of her sister Ellen is particularly attractive.

Poignantly Karen is shown writing with her much loved faithful companion dog Pasop at her side. It is said that she wished to be buried with Pasop, who died in 1958, four years before herself. It is thought that her wishes may have been fulfilled.
Written 8 November 2021
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Berlin, Germany153 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
A very sweet and informative little museum with very nice and dedicated staff.
The Restaurant had a very meager menu, unusual for Denmark, but also here the staff was very friendly.
Written 28 September 2020
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Fribourg, Switzerland1,065 contributions
Jul 2020
I love the place. And i had the chance to visit the house of Karen Blixen in Nairobi. What a story, the one of Karen Blixen. You need to read her story before you visit the place.
Written 7 July 2020
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Anne W
London, UK11 contributions
Sep 2019
I did not really know a lot about Karen Blixen but a friend recommended this small museum. Tours are every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. You have to put covers over your shoes and are given a short introduction - ours was in Danish and then English, you then followed a marked out route around the rooms. The flower displays are wonderful and it was an interesting couple of hours. We also walked around the wooded garden which was very peaceful with only the sounds of birds singing. Down by the stream there were clouds of colourful dragonflies and tiny frogs in the stream. There is a little cafe on site and we had a quick bite to eat, but despite it not being busy we did have to wait a while and I found the food very plain. I was later told that we should have crossed the road to the marina where there are a number of eateries. We drove to the museum where there is car parking.
Written 12 November 2019
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Ronen S
Tel Aviv, Israel90 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Very interesting site to visit and getting to know bliksen life. Good for a short visit ending with a good coffee
Written 25 October 2019
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Steven L
Syracuse, NY845 contributions
Oct 2019
At the recommendation of our daughter , my wife and I took a train from Copenhagen and walked about a mile from the train station through some woods to discover the life of a truly original character.
Most people know the connection of Karen Blixen and the book and movie "Out Of Africa".We had the benefit of prior knowledge from our daughter but we weren't fully prepared for this visit.
The staff is very interesting and helpful but you can appreciate and enjoy most of the exhibits as they are well planned. Artifacts and information are everywhere and we found ourselves drawn into the life of a most unusual person.
The house itself is in a beautiful setting as well.
There is a small but very nice gift shop and a cafe that was closed for an hour for a seminar so we didn't have the chance to try anything out.
It is an easy trip and well worth it.
But why " A Compass Or A Bag Of Bread Crumbs" ? There are a few excellent signs to follow from the train station to the place where you start on a trail through the woods. There are NO SIGNS on the trail. It would be helpful to have a few small ones along the way. We just kept going and after some decision making , we found the house. We actually walked right by her grave as it's a flat slab of rock lying under a tree that happened to be covered with leaves.
We realize that most people probably drive or take a bus but that beautiful walk through the woods really put us in the proper frame of mind to learn about Karen.
BUT - the real problem for us was finding our way back. We thought it wouldn't be difficult but there seemed to be even more paths to chose. On our first try , we ended back at the house. On our second try , we also made a wrong turn but met a couple coming from the station and they set us right.
I guess a compass or scattering bread crumbs could have helped us but about 2 or 3 small signs on the path would be perfect.
We wouldn't have missed the experience of the house but hope the staff doesn't have to comb the woods each evening to recover easily confused visitors like us.
Written 14 October 2019
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Visit Blighty
2,751 contributions
Aug 2019
Yes I’ll admit it I had been wanting to go to Copenhagen for many years for two reasons: firstly to have dinner a Noma and secondly to visit the Karen Blixen museum. Ever since seeing Out of Africa and going on to read the rest of Karen Blixen’s books I’ve been dying to go. First a few practical comments prior to visiting: it is not very clear to me the public transport options to get there, is there a boat option from Copenhagen? How far is the bus station or train exactly etc… Partly for this reason I rented a car. Then once “arriving” and parking there were signs for the “Karen Blixen cafe” but not for the museum, I found myself wondering exactly where it was and in fact was joined by two groups of cyclists in exactly the same predicament. An improvement now though is that you can buy tickets online ahead of time.

Anywho having figured out where the entrance to the museum was I was greeted by a lovely lady. Take note entry includes a free Audio Guide which I thought was most helpful (you can also download it on your phone if easier). The entrance to the private rooms is on staggered timing which is a bit tedious but once it’s your slot you are given shoe covers and a brief(ish) introduction before then being able to explore the rooms free flow.

I very much enjoyed seeing the whole property. I thought the private rooms were a real insight and I thought the balance between “exhibition” style rooms and private/living rooms was just right. The audio guide certainly helped in bringing each room alive and there are some great facts to discover like why Karen bought back her green crystal glasses. The private rooms felt warm, a genuine home and truly as if Karen had popped out just a little while ago, which makes them such a pleasure. A newly opened addition I gather was the kitchen which I thought was an excellent feature. I very much enjoyed seeing the house with all its artifacts and the story behind such an extraordinary women. Having completed seeing the house I went to explore the garden and nature reserve including of course a pilgrimage to Karen Blixen’s grave.

If you are a Karen Blixen fan for sure it’s a must to visit and gives you further understanding behind this formidable lady. There is something infectious about her clear passion for the places close to her heart and I found visiting the property a relaxing experience. I felt it was a pity the guide book is very outdated and has not been updated as it would have been nice to have a proper up to date memento of my visit.
Written 16 September 2019
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Edinburgh, UK63 contributions
Aug 2019
I've always wanted to see where Karen wrote some of my favourite books, and it felt really special to see her desk and wander through her halls. The other 'exhibits' could be put together by anyone with access to Wikipedia and a budget for books on Amazon, so it feels a bit of a hollow tribute at times.
Written 30 August 2019
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Madrid, Spain444 contributions
Jul 2019
When we lived in Rungsted all those years ago, Rungstedlund was not open to the public. The Foundation which runs it has done a great job of restoration and interpretation.

To visit we used our Copenhagen Card which covered both for the coastal train and the entrance fee, and we combined the visit with lunch in the café which had been recommended.

From the station we walked the 1.5km, first along Rungstedvej towards the coast, and then a small almost hidden path (with a small signpost) took us through beautiful woods to Karen Blixen's simple grave, marked by a large stone, under a magnificent tree with a view for eternity….

We approached the house through the garden which supplies all the decorative bouquets of fresh flowers. The Museum itself is intimate and personal, and interprets the life of this fascinating, daring, adventurous, talented, controversial woman who was ahead of her time....

The friendly staff give a short introduction and are happy to answer any questions. You then go at your own pace with an audioguide and its excellent explanations….
Written 8 August 2019
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