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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
+356 2145 4125
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A bit disappointing

The artefacts in the museum are beautiful but there are just not so many. It is a very small museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An B
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Only roman house in Malta

When building a road they came across an ancient roman house. Very well preserved, it is comparable... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Elena257
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OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period. This museum was one of the very first to be opened to the public in Malta.The small museum of the Domvs Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic roman town house (domvs) which was accidentally discovered in 1881. Although very little remains from the house itself, the intricate mosaics which survived for centuries, as well as the artefacts found within the remains, are testimony of the original richness and story of this fantastic abode.The current Museum building does not only preserve some of the most precious Roman remains but also provides a glimpse into the lives of a Roman domestic household, from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink.
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Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The artefacts in the museum are beautiful but there are just not so many. It is a very small museum with very basic historical information. The mosaic though is very nice!

Thank An B
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

When building a road they came across an ancient roman house. Very well preserved, it is comparable with what you see in Effes or Pompeii.

Thank Elena257
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Relatively little remains of the villa, but the mosaic floor of the peristyle is beautiful and the exhibition is very informative. Certainly worth a visit if you are in Rabat/Mdina

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Our guide pointed out these ruins we were leaving Mdina. It is the site of a Roman aristocrat's villa dating to the first century BC and which was later overbuilt by a Muslim cemetery. It was discovered in 1881. I thought that she was very...More

Thank Dan L
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

This small museum is built right on the site of some Rinan ruins. Included in the Heritage Pass, Unfortunately, many of the ruins were not well preserved or documented when first discovered in the 1800’s. Some lovely mosaics in the back section. Interesting information given...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

A small museum dedicated to a collection of Roman artefacts found here plus some fine mosaics. This is the site of a Roman villa.

Thank Ivor M
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

Worth seeing!! You have to feel so young here when you realise, how old these things are! :D Better to buy convenient ticket for Domus, Catacombs and Museum (+train if you want). But you have to "hurry" if you want to manage everything on time!

Thank HelbiMi
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Beatifulily preserved mosaics presented in their original setting. Something to do on a wet day as much of the villa is under cover. Small villa but well worth a visit. Easy to get to using Malta’s excellent public bus service.

Thank chipmunkjackie
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

A great place to visit just outside of the mdina. Free to visit on a sunday. Buggy and disabled friendly. There are lots of information boards provided to read and multiple archelogical finds including the original floor mosaics on the lower floors in a fantastic...More

Thank ZBH88
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

The inside display and descriptive narrative was excellent, giving a clear account of the history of the site, the mosaic floor and the other artifacts on display. However we found the outside area disappointing in that there was very little explanation of the area as...More

Thank Chris B
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