Karen Blixen Museum
Tue to Sun: 10 AM to 5 PM
Oct-Apr (October 1 to April 30)
Wed to Fri: 1 PM to 4 PM
Sat, Sun: 11 AM to 4 PM
Jump in a Line F train from Østerport to Rungsted to visit the ivy-covered family home of Karen Blixen, Denmark’s favorite lady of letters and best known as author of Out of Africa. The coach house is converted into an exhibition of prints, photos, letters, and manuscripts charting the story of her tumultuous life; witness the striking black-and-white portrait by Cecil Beaton and cartoons featuring her with Ernest Hemingway, who shared her passion for Africa. Born at Rungstedlund in 1885, Blixen moved to Kenya in 1914 with her aristocratic Swedish husband Bror von Blixen-Finecke. Controversially they divorced in 1924 and Karen returned to Denmark in 1931 after her lover Denys Finch Hatton was killed in a plane crash. Living quarters in the main house are virtually unchanged since Blixen’s death in 1962. Off the hallway is a gallery hung with her paintings; the two Kikuyu portraits shine out. The rooms are plainly furnished with wood-burning stoves and Kenyan furniture. A short film showcases Blixen’s life and there are tapes of her reading her stories. She is buried at the bottom of Ewald’s Hill in the 14-acre garden. Follow the path from the museum through the orchard and her grave is under the beech tree.