Visiting the RLSM


The R.L.S. Museum welcomes all visitors to the grounds – individuals, families, organized groups, school/student excursions.  And, it is available for after hours Special EVENTS, SUCH AS MEETINGS, RECEPTIONS, WEDDINGS, MORNING OR AFTERNOON TEAS. For the hearty, an early morning hike to Tusitala’s tomb might be in order…and, the view is unforgettable. You can also learn the story of THE ROAD OF THE LOVING HEART and learn why the Samoan chiefs wanted to honor their beloved Tusitala.

Hours of operation / availability


The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  The last tour is at 3:30 pm. Saturday hours are 9:00 am to Noon. R.L.S. Tour Guides are required for entrance into the home. No flash photography is permitted, but photos are allowed.

Gift Shoppe

gift shop

You can shop for your favorite R.L.S. titles and a dazzling array of Samoan handicrafts, island clothing, jewelry, music tapes….and more.

The Collection


Every effort has been made to give the look and feel of life at Vailima during the Stevenson years.  The founders paid meticulous attention to historical data to replicate furnishings and other artifacts.  Period antiques were chosen and placed according to photos and other descriptions from letters, biographies, etc. Lloyd Osbourne was dispatched to Scotland to bring the family furnishings to Samoa.  This was done so that the family always had a connection to their Edinburgh home on Heriot Row.  The furniture was perhaps theRead More

The Tapa Room


The downstairs room now known as the Tapa room, but also referred to in Stevenson’s time as the Smoking Room, served as a formal dining and sitting area. The downstairs area and adjacent rooms served as quarters for Mrs. Thomas Stevenson, who came to Samoa after the death of her husband. Her stay was shortened however when she could not bear the early living conditions of plantation development at Vailima. The room has been re-created from an early photograph taken by Andrew Tattersall, the premier SamoanRead More