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Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Vailima, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
(685) 20 798
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Apia
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Description: This was the poet's home for the last few years of his life and his burial site.
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Bongaree, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The scene was set with all the historic displays and the guides were very familiar with the facts of the Stevensons ' lifestyle. Their respect for the past was appreciated.

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Naples, Italy
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Just out from Apia lies this magnificent 2 storey home of RSL. Maintained by a Mormon trust in the USA, this museum if immaculate and professionally run. An absolute 'must' when in Samoa.

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West Covina, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is what Samoa is famous for......this is also the best kept most well preserved historical record of Robert Louis Stevenson outside of his native Scotland. So worth the small entrance fee....the house, the immaculate grounds and of course the breathtaking hike and view from atop Mt Vaea...a lovely hill overlooking Apia and the Pacific coastline and the burial site... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was the highlight of visiting Apia. For us. A gorgeous historic house restored to its former glory & Margaret was just a superb guide. Thank goodness for Rex the weatthly American who had the foresight to spend a lot of money & restore this wonderful place. Do not miss visiting it if you go to Samoa.

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Sydney, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Historic and genuine experience. The house is in original condition and grounds are amazing. A must for every traveler to Samoa.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A must do while in samoa! The museum tour is very well done. Very insightful and educational. This was our second tour (first one done 2 years ago) and was just as enjoyable as the first. The tour guide was delightful and had a beautiful singing voice. Her singing of RLS requiem bought a tear to my eye. Well worth... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is really a remarkable experience. The house, despite the ravages of over a 100 years in the tropics, is in a great state of repair thanks to the extensive renovations by the current owners. It is also full of interesting memorabilia from the era and our guide did a fantastic job filling in the background. The gardens are also... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I didn't know a lot about RLS before I went to Samoa although on the recommendation of a friend, I read a great book called Under the Wide and Starry Sky. It gave a great perspective on this writer and gave some context to seeing this Museum. Gardens were beautiful; house very interesting. It had been raining and we didn't... More

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Warracknabeal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

40 years ago I visited the home of RLS above Apia. You could only walk around the grounds and admire the outside, as it had not been looked after inside then. What I remembered was an incredible feeling of serenity here and the beauty of the gardens. This remains today..... But you can go inside now and appreciate the historically... More

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The home and museum tour is very good - I would recommend. It is a beautiful home with a wonderful view from the 2nd floor. However, avoid the climb on the steep hill (the short trail) to the gravesite. It is really, really steep, muddy and rocky. In some places, you have to use a rope to get up -... More

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