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Address: Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
Phone Number:
+356 2145 4125
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at...

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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Small but cool

Some amazing mosaics tucked away in the corner of the old atrium. People on the ticket office were a bit abrupt and not overly welcoming. Pity as we were the only ones there. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 July 2016
Narooma, Australia
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Narooma, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Some amazing mosaics tucked away in the corner of the old atrium. People on the ticket office were a bit abrupt and not overly welcoming. Pity as we were the only ones there. It was a bit of an effort to get the key to unlock the souvenir box & I begrudgingly was given my rightful discount on souvenirs with... More 

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

this is a nice place to see when u r around here... mustn't miss it cause of it's beauty and originality!

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I had been to Pompeii and Herculaneum last autumn and this Roman Villa could have been a building in either as it is from the same period ie the 1st Century AD.Many tourists think the 1920s neo classical facade is part of the Roman Villa!The mosaic floor is interesting as are the statues.The coins,glassware,tableware,wine amphorae etc from all over the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

A 12 Euro per person combination ticket gets you into St Paul Catacombs and Domus Romana in Rabat and the Natural History Museum within the walls of Mdina. The Domus Romana is a Roman House that was re-discovered in 1881. Since then numerous archeological investigations have taken place and the sites' lovely mosaics have been housed for preservation and public... More 

1 Thank Linda S
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

The tour is very short for this. Maybe takes you about 15 min to complete it. The whole of the outer area is blocked off. So there's really nothing much to see for me

1 Thank Andy L
Rabat, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

The Roman Villà has been fully refurbished and the exhibits are set out in an easy to view environment. The original remains of the mosaic floor are definitely worth seeing. The staff are knowledgable and friendly. The Villa is just outside the walled city of Medina so they can be viewed on the same day. Situated at the bus terminal... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Had absolutely no intention of touring this place. In fact, I didn't really know about it at all. We were killing some time before the train tour departed from out front and noticed a large sign advertising the Rabat Cultural Experience at a reduced rate. It included a couple of other things that we intended on visiting, so made huge... More 

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

As someone who is interested in history be it ancient or modern this was one of the attractions on top of my list this third visit to Malta. I took up through receptionists offer of four attractions for €9 as I was going to be visiting them all the day of my visit anyway. Probably saved myself €10- 12 anyway.... More 

1 Thank Harry A
Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Fascinating place to visit. Stunning mosaics to see and tonnes of other roman finds from all over the island. If in Rabat I would highly recommend.

1 Thank Kirsty M
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

This was a beautiful building with a fabulous mosaic, there is an €8 entry fee, but well worth it. You can buy a museum pass that gives entry to St. Paul's Catacombs and Domus Romana: worth the price (€14) for an adult which is great value for money.

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