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Address: 44 Stevenson Lane, Saranac Lake, NY
Phone Number: (518) 891-1462
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The best Robert Louis Stevenson collection in the world.

This little museum is the result of a harmonic confluence of luck. Although Stevenson only resided here for one winter, this is the greatest compilation of memorabilia... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Suzanne G
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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a strange little museum, and $5 seems almost too much as an entry fee. The caretaker knows a lot about Stevenson. It's in an apartment that Stevenson rented while taking a cure in Saranac Lake. They thought he had TB but he didn't. However he packed much adventure and some great books (Treasure Island, the Strange Case of... More 

Thank advocateonwheels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This little museum is the result of a harmonic confluence of luck. Although Stevenson only resided here for one winter, this is the greatest compilation of memorabilia representing his life's work. Dr. Trudeau, an expert on Tuberculosis, recommended.the climate of Saranac Lake as a treatment for TB.That may not have been his affliction but whatever his ailment, his stay here... More 

Thank Suzanne G
New London, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Stevenson lived here for a few months just as his literary career was taking off. However, the collection of historical memorabilia and artifacts stretches across his whole, albeit short, life. This place is a must for any student of the author, but also for anyone who has been thrilled by his adventure stories. The resident docent is as good as... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Stevenson Cottage Museum was a great surprise. through a quirk of history and ownership, the Cottage is one of those sites that evoke the actual time in which it was occupied by the author. There is also a significant collection of memorabilia and the curator is extremely knowledgeable, not only about the area and the events during the winter... More 

1 Thank grahamgw1
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We found a brochure on this site at the Lake Placid Center. The curator was great. He was informative, enjoyable to listen to. We learned quite a bit. The cottage was well maintained and had great artifacts. The site is a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip.

1 Thank Birdman45
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Couldn't have been more impressed with the place, the collection, and the close connection with Stevenson and his stories. At almost no other museum will one come into such near contact with its primary subject, and in such intensely personal ways. The experience is no-frills, but that's the perfect way to engage with it. But take care because the signage... More 

Thank Taylor S
Montville, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

When we visit any historical venue in Saranac Lake it always appears to center on the founder of the TB Hospital. There were many other families who contributed to the significant history of the area. Many of these people were decedents of Irish and Scottish loggers, hunters and guides. There is very little history on the contributions of these families.... More 

1 Thank Krieger H
Lakewood, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lots and lots of history on display. Mike, the live in caretaker, was full of information about the Stevensons and glad to share it. Very enjoyable visit, only $5.00 admission.

Thank Thomas L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

If you're interested in Stevenson or authors in general, I highly recommend seeing this unique establishment. I'm mostly writing this to respond to the numerous errors in one of the previous reviews. Anyone who is dissuaded from coming here based on the information in that review is being done a disservice. That review states that RLS wrote nothing of importance... More 

4 Thank 1HotCherry
Daytona Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

This museum is trying to make someething out of nothing. RLS was just a renter here for a year. He didn't write anything famous here. The 4 rooms are chuck full of stuff. Its hot and smells of old flowers. I cant believe they charge to see this place - should be donation only. No parking and Np facilities.

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