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Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

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“treasure island”(42 reviews)
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This was the poet's home for the last few years of his life and his burial site.
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Vailima, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
+685 20798
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 17, 2005

Vailima, the plantation house that Robert Louis Stevenson built overlooking Apia in 1890, has been wonderfully restored. The people who funded this restoration deserve major credit, because it's a beautiful building that now houses many of RLS's works, his step-daughter's drawings and, what appear to...More

17  Thank NZ_Kate
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed January 21, 2007

Depends on your liking of museums. In this instance if one has a love of the author R L Stevenson, then the visit is very worthwhile. The tour guide was very good & the artifacts on show interesting. In our case we were not taken...More

4  Thank ChiefHukuma
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All reviews his life treasure island guided tour grave site mt vaea beautiful house step back in time old house interesting history resting place well worth the visit gift shop walk up lovely grounds great tour per adult his wife
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Although damaged by hurricanes the house has been beautifully restored with wide verandahs and high ceilings. The guided tour gives a great insight into Robert Louis Stevenson last years spent on Samoa. If time allows take the steep hike up to the summit of Mount...More

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 2 days ago

I went for a business dinner at this old house and was impressed by the good level of restoration and by its gardens. There are some hike trails in the vicinity that we enjoyed after dinner.

Thank Colesterol
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful guided tour by some ladies from the University who were there on placement. This fascinating and beautiful home is well worth visiting to learn its colourful history and to see the items on display.

Thank pamh683
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely visit this museum it is fascinating and the lovely guides are very knowledgeable they even sing to you at the end of the tour. Highly recommend this place.

Thank Debsjoan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Happy we got to see it as it was a public holiday in Samoa. They are usually closed on public holidays but there was a cruise liner in Samoa at the time. Staff were great. Beautiful grounds. Friendly staff

Thank alailevaoc
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was the only one there on a Saturday. The gift shop is excellent for books and souvenirs. Because I was the only one, I had a private guide who was very informative of the life and history of RLS. This is also a good...More

Thank USAway
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For 20tala entry fee per person; given the hype I read about it, very Non eventful, short, really nothing much to see. Not my cup of tea

1  Thank Benjamin L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our childhood was filled with the joys of reading books by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was so nice to take the guided tour through this magnificent mansion. The young man who told us about each of the rooms was very knowledgeable and made the experience...More

1  Thank 993anitat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely old refurbished colonial building set in beautiful gardens, rich with stories of Robert Louis Stevenson's shortish stay here. Not sure he deserved the enormous reverence with which he is remembered by the locals, but that's another story. It's definately well worth a visit and...More

Thank sophieNZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely surprise to visit a wonderful piece of history. 15 minutes from downtown. Excellent guide who told us so much of the family. You need a good hour plus just for the tour. The home and gardens are beautiful. Good selection in the...More

1  Thank skytraveller50
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July 14, 2018|
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Response from Merri13 | Reviewed this property |
We did the shorter but steeper track and I’d definitely avoid that. I can’t speak for the other track. Another family we met said that this track was also a little challenging as it had been raining for a week leaving it... More
January 27, 2017|
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Response from MargaretS2576 | Property representative |
You can pay by cash in tala or Foreign currency (US dollars, AUD, NZD) We do have an Eftpos machine however, the line connection is sometimes a problem. The walk from the ship to the Museum will be maybe an hour. Depending... More
Martha J
July 29, 2016|
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Response from Lynne B | Reviewed this property |
It is quite a hike up to the grave and can be very slippery when wet. I agree with the previous comments that perhaps a visit to the museum would be sufficient, I wouldn't recommend the walk to the grave site.