A man of Scotland who became the son of Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1850, but he will forever be known for his forays around the world. A writer of exceptional talent, Stevenson actively embraced travel and the experience of new cultures. One of his most well-known quotes say, “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.”
Indeed it was his ability to engage positively with local Samoans, displaying exemplary ‘mana’ which singled him out as a hugely popular and well respected figure. Robert passed away in 1894 at the age of 44, but left behind a great legacy. A legacy of great literature, through his most famous works of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as his legacy as a man much loved by his family, colleagues and the people of Samoa.
To this day the museum is maintained in impeccable condition, taking visitors over 100 years into the past, to experience true Samoan heritage. From the plentiful memorabilia and family mementos which adorn each wall, to the antiquated guns and portraits, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is a must visit location for fans of his work or literature enthusiasts. Visitors may also visit Stevenson’s grave which sits atop Mount Vaea overlooking both the sea and Villa Valima.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is situated in Villa Valima, a 45 to 50 min drive away from Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort. Ask our Concierge staff for directions or advice on visiting the museum.