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Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum

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Address: 44 Stevenson Ln, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-1940
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+1 518-891-1462

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great little slice of life of RLS

very interesting little museum and extremely knowledgeable and interesting curator. nice to spend some time here and learn more about RLS.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

very interesting little museum and extremely knowledgeable and interesting curator. nice to spend some time here and learn more about RLS.

Thank mrussell54
St. Augustine, FL. United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

A little difficult to locate, but worth the search. If you remember "A Child's Garden of Versus" or "Treasure Island" or anything else that RLS wrote, you'll be glad you visited. Amazing memorabilia on display. A real piece of American literary history created here during the one winter that RLS and his family wintered in Saranac for his health. The... More 

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 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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