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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
+356 2145 4125
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A hidden gem

The preserved mosaics are fantastic and there is plenty of information about the site and Roman... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Benjamin M
Norwich, United Kingdom
Roman town house in Malta

Everything you ever wanted to know about domestic life in a Roman town house. This mid sized museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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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
+356 2145 4125
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Reviewed yesterday

The preserved mosaics are fantastic and there is plenty of information about the site and Roman town houses in general, a great museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything you ever wanted to know about domestic life in a Roman town house. This mid sized museum explores Roman history at the time of the Punic Wars. The courtyard with mosaic floors features "The Drinking Doves of Sosos". Unfortunately we could not find any...More

1  Thank pughcd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited many, many Roman sites over the years, and this is definitely among the best. The quality of the objects is amazing (look closely at the statues and mosaics - truly among the best in the Roman Mediterranean), and Heritage Malta have done...More

1  Thank Curatorgirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would only go to this small museum/Roman house as part of a day trip to Mdina as it only took around 30 minutes to walk around. Very interesting and informative, well worth the €5 entrance fee.

1  Thank CRaph
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A good example of a wealthy Romans house with lots of well preserved mosaics and statues. Just enough arts to keep my wife interested. The thought of this house being occupied 2 thousand years ago blows my mind.

1  Thank skiNebraska
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent museum that displays the excavated Roman artifacts and mosaics. We had the museum mostly to ourselves. Admission is free if you purchase the Heritage Malta pass. Easy and quick walk from Mdina.

1  Thank JPSWashington_DC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located not far from the gate to the Mdina old town and the road leading down to St Paul's grotto. The items on display were excavated from an aristocratic Roman villa, the remains of which, were uncovered in the late 1900s. The museum gives a...More

1  Thank westy54
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow felt amazing being in such close proximity to the amazing mosaic tiles floors and Roman artifacts I spent ages just awestruck by what was preserved,found,restored in such a historic place staff friendly and messing very well set out

1  Thank marsgall
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This is a small fun museum covering an old Roman house. The exhibits and well displayed and the commentary quite extensive and informative. Definitely a good thing to see in Mdina/Rabat.

1  Thank isiselliot
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Superb mosaics especially 'The Drinking Doves'. Some rare statues including my favourite, 'Claudius' from 1st century A.D. Easy to spend quite a bit of time in here as the information on the villa itself and the lifestyle and status of its occupants will certainly not...More

1  Thank vessi80
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