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Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum

Address: 44 Stevenson Lane, Saranac Lake, NY
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Saranac Lake
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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New London, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

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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.

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

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Montville, Connecticut
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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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.

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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 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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41 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

The museum is so small and adorable that I don't really know how to explain it. It has SO much information and memorabilia that I don't think they could possibly fit anymore. It was so fascinating that I wanted to stay all day. Great little attraction off the beaten path.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

If you think you know something about Robert Louis Stevenson, a visit to this cottage will teach you a lot. The curator is extraordinarily knowledgeable and his genuine love of the subject shines through. The impressive collection of artifacts is arranged in a logical way that takes you through Stevenson's life and times. Small but revealing, highly recommended.

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