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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
+356 2145 4125
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Wow such amazing history

Wow felt amazing being in such close proximity to the amazing mosaic tiles floors and Roman... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Paisley, United Kingdom
Interesting Roman artifacts

This is a small fun museum covering an old Roman house. The exhibits and well displayed and the... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
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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 18 June 2017

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
Reviewed 9 June 2017

A surprising site in Mdina, just outside the citadel walls. A good museum, partially built over 2-3 mosaics discovered (and preserved) in-situ. Well laid out displays, and descriptions. Plus, outside a good view of ruins, some in situ, but most not. Well worth an hour...More

1  Thank Myke C
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This little museum is well worth a visit if travelling to Mdina or Rabat. The exhibition and displays are really well detailed and provide excellent insight into the villa and how it's occupants would have lived in the first century. The 6 euro entrance fee...More

1  Thank HarryR32
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This can be found not far from the main gate to Mdina and is worth the visit. The mosaics here are worth seeing.

1  Thank FoxyRhino
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We popped in to see this and the mosaics are fantastic. The detail on some of the statues was amazing. We bought the ticket that includes this and St Pauls Catacombs and the natural history museum. We thought the ticket was worth the Roman domicile...More

1  Thank Badfeeling2015
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Very interesting exhibition and museum on the site of an important Roman villa in Rabat near to Mdina Gate. Little remains apart from the exquisite marble floor which is marvelously preserved and some incredible statues, but they have made the visit very interesting and informative....More

1  Thank Martin M
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Entry is via a small musuem which gives a good idea of the history and timeline of the Doma. The mosaic floors which have been uncovered are the main attraction although not a patch on those in Paphos. The ruins themslves are picturesque although also...More

1  Thank John H
Reviewed 1 May 2017

There are not so many Town Houses remaining from the Roman Period - appart from at Pompei and Herculaneum. A nice littlew museum, well presented. Only suggestion would be to bring it up to date, CGI and Videos could really enhance the visitor experience -...More

1  Thank Albia-Newton
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