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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
+356 2145 4125
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statues of Claudius & daughter

Interesting small museum with its partial reconstruction of important local centre of Roman power... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Domus Romana is a ruined Roman-era house located on the boundary between Mdina and Rabat... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2017
Rabat, Malta
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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 3 weeks ago

Interesting small museum with its partial reconstruction of important local centre of Roman power. Good size Roman family house.

Thank WillCooke
Reviewed 11 December 2017

The Domus Romana is a ruined Roman-era house located on the boundary between Mdina and Rabat, Malta. There are tombstones and Limestones and the floors are made of Mosaics..It is very worth it to visit.

Thank benluna
Reviewed 4 December 2017

The Domus Romana lies just outside the current city wall of Mdina, in Rabat, very close to the main bus stop/station for Rabat and Mdina. The museum was build to house the mosaics that were found here, as well as the other fragments and statues...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 29 November 2017

In regards to Malta, Domus Romana offers an alternative look at the nation's history to fill in some of the gaps between the likes of the neolithics, Knights of St John and the world wars. If you are not that interested in visiting the museum...More

Thank Clayton G
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Nice small museum, with good descriptions in English and Maltese. The mosaics are great. Peaceful and educational place to visit.

Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely lovely mosaics. Friendly staff with good advice about the multi site ticket. More expensive than last time we were here but still worth considering. More info about the ruins outside would be good. Amazing glass.

Thank Kate A
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

For us the museum was ideal. Lots of interesting information, but small enough that the kids didn’t lose interest. Liked the mosaics, kids delighted when pictures of them were shown as part of The Malta Experience!

Thank Bob3456
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Having been to Mdina we visited here. This felt real -Mdina was like Disney ! Welcoming staff and excellent interpretation.

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Only 6euros to get in to read some info boards and see some statues tiled mosaic floors and then out to see the villa ruins. As you can see from the title this was not really my cup of tea.

Thank wahaejock
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Visited here during a month long trip to Italy and Malta. The Italian portion of the trip focused on Roman sites so we couldn't be here and miss this. It is a very small site that serves both as a museum to itself and as...More

Thank SteveDan45
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