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Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum
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Lakewood, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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.

Visited July 2014
Thank Thomas L
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Quaint, informative and very interesting”
Reviewed 19 June 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 while here. First, Stevenson wrote the bulk of The Master of Ballantrae, a 300-page novel while residing at this cottage. It was completed and published the following year however. Of Stevenson's numerous essays, the most highly-acclaimed by critics were written in Saranac Lake as were a number of his funnier humorous shorter works.

I've been to this cottage a number of times on many occasions and I was NEVER asked for any admission charge, always a donation, and very low-key at that. On some occasions, there are events held here sponsored by organizations in the local community. Those organizations may have charged for the event, food etc, but any I attended were always a suggested "donation" as well.

The integrity of the cottage and its furnishings from 1888 may have something to do with the odors, but they are attempting to preserve the historical location as it was. It's not really a museum as much as a historical site, like the Robert Frost Cabin in Ripton, Vermont. The last time I was at his cabin, the actual soap he left in the kitchen sink's soapdish was still there. I suppose the earlier reviewer would have complained they should have cleaned out Frost's soap dish and put in a brand new bar of soap?

Overall the exhibits one can view at a leisurely pace and information presented on the tour are quite comprehensive. There is a lot to be learned from them.

As for parking there are two large parking areas behind the building with room for at least a few dozen vehicles, which is way more than would likely be here at any random time. One other error to correct, there is in fact a small bathroom in the museum part of the building.

So basically the previous review didn't get anything right at all. Except maybe it was hot. Saranac Lake is well-known as one of the hot spots of the nation, right?

Visited August 2013
5 Thank 1HotCherry
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Daytona Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Not worth the time or money.”
Reviewed 2 July 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.

Visited July 2013
Thank Lady_Jane_PI
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“So quaint and amazing!”
Reviewed 23 September 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.

Visited October 2011
2 Thank JustMyThought
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fascinating and well organized”
Reviewed 23 September 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.

8 Thank chi-editrix
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