The Danish Academy of Letters, which Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) helped to establish in 1960, has had the use of Rungstedlund for its meetings ever since her death, and for many years the house was not used for anything else. But with the income from the film Out of Africa, and the worldwide increase in sales of Karen Blixen’s books that followed in the wake of the film, the board of the Foundation was in a position to realise the clause relating to a “cultural purpose” and in 1987 work started on turning the main building into a museum. Following the renovation work, directed by architect Vilhelm Wohlert, the Museum opened on May 14 1991.


Danish Academy of Letters, Isak Dinesen diningroom, Karen Blixen Museum